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Grid connection

As we prepare the grid planning application, we wish to keep all homeowners, stakeholders and communities located along the potential route and within the surrounds of the project up to date. A newsletter has been issued, which you will find in our Latest News section.

Our Community Liaison Officers are available to answer queries and receive feedback. Feedback received will be considered in the preparation of the environmental and planning documentation, including the proposed outline traffic management plan.

The Proposed Grid Route

The proposed underground cable is being designed and constructed to ESB Networks standards. It will be buried in a duct approximately 1.2 metres deep and 0.6 metres wide. The cable will be installed in a similar manner to existing utilities in the area, such as other underground cabling for communications, electricity and water mains.

The underground cable will exit the Carrownagowan Wind Farm Substation located beside Turbine 10 in the north of the site and travel to the ESB Networks substation at Ardnacrusha, as per Figure 1 (right).

Map of the grid route
Cable being laid in the road

What This Means For You

An essential part of the grid route design process involves engaging with the local community and communicating each step along the way.

In the event of a successful planning outcome for the grid connection, the project team will work closely with Clare County Council to ensure compliance with all planning conditions.

A comprehensive traffic management plan will also be put in place, the details of which will be communicated well in advance of work commencing. Local access will be maintained at all times for residents and regular road users.

Planning Submission

The application for the grid route will be submitted for planning approval in Q4 2023.

The planning application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála because it is deemed Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID). You will be able to view the full planning application at www.carrownagowangridplanning.ie and www.pleanala.ie. We will let you know as soon as this is available for viewing.