Ireland energy minister Pat Rabbitte has announced the launch of a programme to encourage investment in Irish wind energy projects.
Speaking at the Irish Wind Energy Association conference Mr Rabbitte said that REFIT 2 (renewable energy Feed-in Tariff) for wind farm projects would help Ireland meet its renewable electricity target of 40 per cent by 2020.
The new scheme will operate by guaranteeing a minimum floor price for electricity exported to the grid by new renewable generating plants over a 15-year period.
The scheme is open to new plants built and operational between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2015 that can fulfil the terms and conditions including planning permission and grid connection, according to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
The REFIT 3 scheme for biomass technologies opened in February.