Wind power dominates Irish renewable energy sector

16 Jun 2010
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Wind farm Wind power is the most widely used type of renewable energy in Ireland, government figures have revealed.

According to the energy and natural resources department, wind power now accounts for more than 80 per cent of Ireland's renewable power generation.

Indeed, the latest statistics show that the country's 124 wind installations are responsible for 1,415MW of energy.

Energy minister Eamon Ryan commented: "Ireland has some of the best wind resources in western Europe - abundant and freely available, forever and a day."

The figures were published in acknowledgement of Global Wind Day, a worldwide initiative to showcase the merits of using wind power.

Mr Ryan said the scheme proved a good opportunity to show the world how much progress has been made in the Irish wind energy market since 2007.

This comes after the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland revealed that more than 14 per cent of the power generated in Ireland last year came from renewable energy sources.
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