Deployment slowed in 2020, with 125 MW of new wind farms being added to bring the total installed capacity to 4300 MW. This slowdown was expected as projects qualifying for support under the REFIT II scheme had a completion deadline of March 2020. No large projects were completed in 2020.
Wind energy met 36% of electricity demand and provided over 86% of renewable electricity supply. While 42% of electricity demand was met from renewable sources in 2020, after statistical normalization, 39% of the planned 40% renewable electricity contribution to the overall 16% EU 2020 renewable energy target for Ireland was achieved.
The average capacity factor of wind farms in Ireland in 2020 was 30%, higher than in previous years. High wind energy production and sporadic reductions in electricity demand due to COVID 19, primarily underlie the increase in “dispatch down” in 2020.
Average Prices were 74.08 €/MWh for the All Projects category which comprised both wind and solar projects, 72.92 €/MWh for the dedicated Solar category and 104.15 €/MWh for the Community category, which also comprised both wind and solar projects.