$2.6 billion proposal could see 145 wind turbines on Dublin Bay

View of Dublin Bay and city

A new proposal could see Dublin Bay home to as many as 145 wind turbines built 10km from the coastline.

If the $2.6 billion (€2 bn) plan is approved, renewable power firm Saorgus Energy would begin construction on the Kish and Bray Banks within five years, reports the Herald.ie.

The structures would be visible from land, but because of the 10km distance, would not be as obtrusive as they might be elsewhere.

The electricity generated would be enough to meet the demands of 450,00 homes, although the majority of the energy produced would most likely be exported said the Kerry-based Irish-owned firm.

The project would create around 850 jobs.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) has been created by Saorgus and are on display at locations in Dublin and Wicklow. The plans can be viewed at the public libraries in Dun Laoghaire and Howth, as well as the garda stations in Bray and Greystones

Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin said that while he knew of the proposals he was surprised the plans were so advanced.

"I've not seen the plans. I'm eager to see them to see what kind of restriction, if any, it would have on the bay," Mr Devlin said.

"I would encourage as many residents and residents' associations to either visit the plans in the local libraries or go online to www.dublinarray.com to view the proposal."

There are about 55 offshore wind farms in operation is Europe. Many more are in development.

Saorgus director Aidan Forde said: "Ireland's offshore wind resources are under-developed, despite the fact that we have one of the best wind resources in the world."