Wind Farms in Ireland
Since the first wind farm project was realised in 1992 at Bellacorrick, Co. Mayo, 1,630 MW of wind capacity has been installed at the end of December 2011. In order to achieve our national targets for renewable electricity by 2020 (40%) an estimated 5,500-6,000 MW of wind generation is required.
Wind energy's contribution to Ireland's electricity supply continues to rise with additional capacity. By December 2011 a total of 148 wind farms were metered, bringing the total installed capacity for wind to 1,630.
In 2009, wind power displaced approximately 1.28 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions (estimated with reference to the grid average CO2) and primary energy imports of 215,000 metric tonnes of oil equivalent to a nation which is 89% dependent on imported energy supplies.
In 2009 EU-27 wind turbines produced more than 6.5 times the total electricity demand of Ireland for the whole year. In 2009 wind farms in Ireland supplied enough clean green power to support over 500,000 homes. Locations of wind farms in Ireland are detailed on our interactive Wind Map.
Guidelines for wind farm planning, development and construction have been produced and are widely available, particularly through National and International Industry Associations such as the IWEA and EWEA .
Meitheal na Gaoithe provide good information on how to begin the process in their FAQ section.
IWEA also give good guidelines. The Irish Wind Energy Association "Best Practice Guidelines for the Irish Wind Energy Industry" can be downloaded at no charge from the publications section of the IWEA website.