September 17 (Renewables Now) - SSE Plc (LON:SSE) is to spend between EUR 1 billion (USD 1.3bn/EUR 1.1bn) and EUR 2 billion to lift the capacity of its 25-MW Arklow Bank offshore wind park in Ireland to 520 MW, the Irish Independent reported over the weekend, citing the UK energy group.
The seven-turbine facility is currently the country's only offshore wind park. SSE has a lease for up 200 turbines, although according to the company, thanks to new turbine technology, about half of this number could be enough to reach the maximum installed capacity. SSE is looking to develop the wind farm to its minimum potential of 520 MW, aiming to kick off construction in 2021 and begin generation in 2023.
SSE presented its plants to Wicklow County Council last week and says they are dependent on obtaining a grid connection offer and contract under the government's new scheme for renewables support, according to the article. The utility, however, is worried that individual actions under the scheme could be too small for offshore wind and called for a separate category for this technology.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.309/EUR 1.123)