World's largest offshore electricity wind farm
Airtricity has received approval from the
Irish Government for the construction of the world's largest offshore
electricity-generating wind farm on the Arklow sandbank, about 7 kms from
The plant will generate about 10% of the
country's electricity requirements. Wind turbines will be
installed on a phased basis and will require an investment of some EUR 700
million. It will help Ireland comply with its commitments under the
Kyoto Protocol by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 13
million tonnes per year.
Construction work is
due to commence in April 2002 and when completed the facility will have an
output of 520 megawatts. The turbines will for the most part only be visible
from the air.
Wind is one of the cheapest
methods of generating electricity both financially and environmentally.
Ireland has one of the largest offshore wind resources in Europe and it is
expected this will be one of many projects to harvest wind and wave energy
from Ireland's offshore to serve the Irish and European electricity markets.