The spread of wind farms across the country
There are currently 176 wind farms in Ireland, totalling more than 1,100 turbines, located often in scenic areas with very little local protest.
There are plans for a further 1,100 turbines, mostly in the midlands -- Meath, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Kildare -- in pursuit of a national target of no less than 40 per cent of Ireland's electricity from renewable resources by 2020. Resistance is growing, however, partly because the turbines are coming close to people's homes, but also because they are getting taller as they have to be big enough to generate enough electricity from weaker winds. Some of the proposed new turbines will stand at over 150 metres -- 30 metres taller than the Dublin Spire, and taller even than the Great Pyramid of Giza that stood as the loftiest man-made structure on the planet for 3,800 years.