19th December 2017
Welcoming the re-opening of the Galway Bay test site as announced today by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten said: "The re-opening of the test facilities at Galway Bay is very welcome news and signals that Ireland remains open for business to facilitate the testing of marine renewable energy devices. My Department is providing €4.75m in 2018 through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to support the Prototype Development Fund and the development of the world class (marine energy) test facilities in counties Mayo, Galway and Cork. Facilitating project developers as they progress up the technology readiness chain is key to realising the potential offered by Ireland's offshore renewable resources. Today's announcement by Minister English is a significant boost for offshore renewable energy."
The Minister concluded by urging promoters who plan to utilise the test facilities in Galway "to engage early with local communities and state agencies to ensure that any concerns that might exist are dealt with openly and fully."
Further information can be viewed on the website of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government at: http://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/foreshore/applications/marine-institute-spiddal