Windfarms now powering 27pc of our electricity needs

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Shawn Pogatchnik

Windfarms provided 27pc of Ireland's electricity supply in the second quarter.

The Irish Wind Energy Association says in its quarterly report published today that windfarms produced nearly 1.88 million megawatt hours (MWh) from April to June.

That is sufficient to supply 452,000 households for an entire year. It also is 17pc more than the 1.56 million MWh produced in the period of 2018.

"It has been a fantastic first half of 2019 with new wind farms connecting and getting planning (permission) and our share of electricity demand rising year on year," said CEO David Connolly.

The report said six windfarms able to generate up to 48 megawatts (MW) joined the grid by June, while three other sites have received permission to begin construction of wind turbines designed to generate another 96.25MW.

It said windfarms produced 22.5pc of the State's electricity in April-June 2018.

Mr Connolly said he expects that windfarms in Ireland "will soon be supplemented by a strong offshore sector".

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