Wind Energy Statistics
Wind Energy is a growing sector in Ireland and Northern Ireland, creating jobs and benefiting communities. See below the latest facts and figures on the wind energy industry.
235 The number of Wind Farms on the island of Ireland.
201 The number of wind farms in the Republic of Ireland
3078MW Installed Wind Energy Capacity on the island of Ireland.
2,000,700 Homes Powered Equivalent on the island of Ireland.
2436MW Installed Capacity in the Republic of Ireland.
642MW Installed Capacity in Northern Ireland.
2132MW Republic of Ireland Wind Generation Record reached at approximately 22.00 on 28th January 2016.
583MW Northern Ireland Wind Generation Record reached at approximately 18.15 on 1st June 2015.
2683MW All Island Wind Generation Record reached at approximately 21.45 on 28th January 2016.
The above are based on latest information available from ESB Networks, Eirgrid & SONI.
24% Percentage of Ireland’s electricity demand met from wind in 2015 (EirGrid provisional).
3,164,984 Potential CO2 reductions (pa) in tonnes, from wind farms installed on the Island of Ireland.*
88.5MW Installed capacity of Ireland’s largest wind farm, Meentycat in Co. Donegal.
1992 Year Ireland’s first commercial wind farm was commissioned at Bellacorrick, Co Mayo.
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* CO2 Emission Calculation: Energy generated by a standard 2.3MW turbine 5,500MWh per annum. (Energy generated by a standard 2.3MW wind turbine assuming a load factor of 28% and availability of 97% is approximately 5,500MWh per annum. [2.3MW x 8,760 hours/year x 28% x 97% = 5,472MWh] ). UK electricity produces on average 430g of CO2 per kWh (as per the Advertising Standards Authority assuming that the energy generated by the wind turbines displaces Combined Cycle Gas Turbines). A wind turbine generates 5,500MWh per annum, displacing 2,365 tonnes of CO2 [5,500MWh x 0.43kg = 2,365 tonnes] Dividing 2,365 by 2.3 to get the equivalent for 1MW means that 1MW would displace 1,028.26 tonnes of CO2 per annum, which is then multiplied by the All-Island Installed Capacity.