UP to 40 wind farms in the midlands have been pencilled in by a US-company who hopes to obtain full planning permission next year.
Element Power, which has offices in Cork, plans to construct up to 700 turbines in Ireland.
All of the power generated would be exported to the UK, which is facing an energy crisis over the coming years. Public opposition has been growing against wind farms in the UK.
It is understood that the company has held preliminary talks with An Bord Pleanala about securing planning permission for its ambitious plans, called Greenwire, and has also held discussions with EirGrid, which operates the national grid here.