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Project Development Cycle

It is important to understand the length of time it takes to develop a wind farm project. Renewable energy projects generally take anywhere from 6-10 years from project initiation to start of operation. The reason for this can mainly be attributed to the complexity of the development and delivery cycle – obtaining planning permission, securing a grid connection, securing project finance and a guaranteed contract to sell the power.

Within the overall development cycle, the task of designing and making a submission for planning permission can take between 12 and 18 months.

Our Core Principles

  • Fighting the Climate Crisis
  • Rural Regeneration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Protecting the Environment
Click on the Interactive table to find out more 2. DESIGN PHASE (c. 12-18 months) 4. CONSTRUCTION PHASE (c. 18-24 motnhs) 5. OPERATIONAL PHASE (30 years +) (c. 18-40 months) 3. PRE- CONSTRUCTION PHASE 6 . DECOMMIS- SIONING PHASE 1. CONCEPT PHASE

1. Concept Phase

We continuously look at Coillte lands and seek opportunities for renewable energy development.

What’s happening

A land screening process that considers:

  • The wind resource on our lands.
  • County Development Plan designation.
  • Proximity to grid infrastructure.
  • Site size after applying a buffer of 750 metres or four times the tip height to dwellings.
  • Undertaking specific targeted studies on high potential sites to further de-risk and to identify the very best for progression.
  • Potentially increasing a site’s suitability by bringing in adjacent neighbouring lands.

Who we engage with and how

This is primarily a desk-based exercise that is informed by national, regional and local climate and energy policies and targets. In this step, we may engage with policymakers, land owners and others seeking to start similar developments.

2. Project Design Phase

Following widespread local engagement and detailed site surveys, we design the wind farm layout respecting environmental sensitivities and residents who live nearby.

Activity & Stakeholder Engagement Process

3. Pre Construction Phase

We secure approval from EirGrid to connect to the national grid, secure a route to market for selling the electricity generated and finalise the business proposition, including relevant funding model. In parallel, we undertake pre-construction environmental surveys and work in collaboration with the local community to design the benefit fund and minimise disruption.

Activity & Stakeholder Engagement Process

4. Construction Phase

We construct the wind farm to the highest standards while minimising impacts on the host community and the environment.


5. Operational Phase

The wind farm produces clean, green electricity and shares the financial benefits with the host community.*

Activity & Stakeholder Engagement Process

6. Decommissioning Phase

We remove installed turbines and infrastructure.