Ireland starts building 40-megawatt wind farm

Oct. 25, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A 40-megawatt wind farm now under construction in central Ireland will help the country move closer to its renewable energy targets, a government minister said.

"Ireland has a challenging European Union renewable energy target to meet by 2020, which includes meeting 40 percent of electricity demand from renewable sources," Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pat Rabbitte said Thursday at the launch of the wind farm in central Brukhana country in Tipperary.

"We are making progress towards this target, however, and development of renewable generation of the scale we will see at Bruckhana is crucial for maintaining the rate of build necessary to achieve our EU target."

State utility company Bord na Mona is in charge of construction of the wind farm. No date for completion was given.

The Irish government said it's committed to meeting 40 percent of electricity demand through renewable resources like wind and solar power by 2020. For 2012, renewable energy provided 19.5 percent of the electricity in the Irish market.

The government said wind energy has contributed more to its 2020 target than any other form of renewable energy.

"In 2012, 15.5 percent of Ireland's electricity demand was met by wind generation," the government said.

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