Ireland is currently halfway to meeting its set target of 16% of all of its energy needs by 2020, as outlined in the Renewable Energy Directive 2009. It also has a target of producing 42.5% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. According to Eirgrid, it already has 32%.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment reported that to date, Ireland has a wind capacity of 2,851 MW. Ireland’s 2020 target was divided into sectors, with 12% of renewable energy attributing the heat sector. The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat was put in place to support commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users, and excluding Non-Emissions Trading (non-ETS) sector.