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.
216 The number of Wind Farms on the island of Ireland.
182 The number of wind farms in the Republic of Ireland
2,816MW Installed Wind Energy Capacity on the island of Ireland.
1,830,400 Homes Powered Equivalent on the island of Ireland.
2190MW Installed Capacity in the Republic of Ireland.
626MW Installed Capacity in Northern Ireland.
1769MW Republic of Ireland Wind Generation Record reached at approximately 18.30 on 17th December 2013.
506MW Northern Ireland Wind Generation Record reached at approximately 18.30 on 17th December 2013.
2275MW All Island Wind Generation Record reached at approximately 18.30 on 17th December 2013.
18% Percentage of Ireland’s electricity from wind in 2013 (provisional figure from Eirgrid).
The above are based on latest information available from ESB Networks, Eirgrid & SONI.
2,895,580 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% availability 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 (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 2365 by 2.3 to get the equivalent for 1MW means that 1MW would displace 1028.26 tonnes of CO2 per anum which is then multiplied by the All-Island Installed Capacity.