The project director of the biggest offshore wind farm planned for the east coast has said more resources need to be provided for State agencies if targets for renewable power are to met.

Arno Verbeek made his remarks at an event to mark the selection of Wicklow Harbour as the operations base for the Codling Wind Park.

Codling Wind Park is planned for an area stretching from Greystones to Wicklow town which will comprise 140 turbines at a distance of between 13-22 kilometres from shore.

It will have the capacity to generate up to 1.5 gigawatts of power and has the potential to produce enough electricity to power up to 1.2 million Irish homes.

The base will serve as maintenance hub and administrative headquarters for the planned windfarm.

It is expected to create 75 full-time jobs and 40 jobs in construction. An exact location within the harbour has not yet been decided and construction is not expected to begin until 2025.

Codling Wind Park is a joint venture between French state company EDF and Norwegian company Fred Olsen.

Codling is one of seven so-called "legacy projects", which are offshore windfarms that applied for planning permission in the past under legislation that will soon be replaced by a new offshore planning system.

The Maritime Area Planning Bill is currently going through committee stage in the Oireachtas and it is expected to become law early next year.

A new Maritime Area Regulatory Authority will be established as part of the new system.

All of the wind farms planned around the Irish coast will have to go through a planning application under the new system.

Earlier this week, Eirgrid unveiled its plan to incorporate the planned offshore wind farms into the national grid. This will involve 43 separate projects to upgrade the country's electricity infrastructure at an additional cost of €1 billion.

The Government's Climate Action Plan has set a target for the national grid to run on 80% renewable power by 2030. Offshore wind farms are the main source of this power.