Ireland has beaten Germany in terms of renewable energy generation in the first half of 2016 as its wind power output met 22% of the country’s electricity demand during that period.
The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) unveiled this on recently, saying that Ireland was even close to Spain, where wind farms generated 23.6% of the power in January-June 2016. During that period, wind energy also saved Ireland some EUR 70 million (USD 77m) in foreign energy imports. Presently, the country imports 85% of its energy, which is 35% above the European average.
The wind peak for the period was recorded on January 28 when wind power output hit 2,132 MW, representing nearly 60% of power demand at that time.
Ireland currently has roughly 2,500 MW of wind power generation capacity coming from over 200 wind farms. The industry employs more than 3,400 people and this number is seen to grow to over 8,000 by 2020, IWEA said.