Mainstream plans 5GW Irish wind complex to pump power to UK

The company wants to build a wind park on rural land in the Irish midlands

The company wants to build a wind park on rural land in the Irish midlands

Ireland will host an onshore wind complex of up to 5GW solely dedicated to exporting electricity to the UK, under plans unveiled by developer Mainstream Renewable Power.

The company wants to build the wind park, called Energy Bridge, across a swathe of rural land in the Irish midlands.

It hopes to have the necessary planning permissions by 2015 and to begin exporting the first power by 2017, when it expects to have 1.2GW in place.

Mainstream chief executive Eddie O’Connor claims the situation of the energy-hungry UK – which needs to meet renewable power targets, and has an ageing conventional and nuclear fleet – has created a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for neighbouring Ireland.

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