Grousemount Wind Farm

Developed by Kerry Wind Power LTD.

Why Renewables?

Ireland is committed to a low carbon future due to rising concerns of:

  • Energy Security - 85% of our country’s energy needs are imported from abroad, either through fossil fuels or electricity directly from the UK grid as such were at the mercy of volatile global market prices.
  • Global Warming – Extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels are two ever-present risks to our island nation due in large part to the release of excess carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the generation of energy.

In 2009, the EU introduced the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), encouraging the creation of forms of power that are less harmful to the environment. This Directive means that by 2020, 20% of all energy used across the EU must be renewable sources, setting a aggregated target for Ireland of 16%.

Kerry Wind Power Ltd., as a subsidiary of ESB, a company so closely linked to the energy market of Ireland we are working to support the transition from an over-reliance on imported fossil fuels to clean, locally-generated renewable energy. In 1927, ESB helped Ireland meet 100% of the countries' electricity needs by harnessing the power of the River Shannon. Today, our island’s unique position on the edge of the Atlantic offers us the opportunity to leverage the strength of the wind - along with other valuable natural resources - thereby restoring our energy independence and contributing to the slowing the global warming process.