According to the book Green & Gold – Ireland a Clean Energy World Leader? by Alternative Energy Resources CEO John Travers, 20% of total Irish energy needs can be met by renewable energy within the next 10 years and 80% by 2050 and that 20% of Irish GDP can be derived from clean energy exports.

Travers, says: “Clean energy can help rescue Ireland from its current economic and energy challenges. In achieving energy independence, Ireland can become an outstanding world leader and a global beacon for the use of clean energy.

“Ireland is endowed with winds that are among the strongest in the world and the waves that crash against our western seaboard are some of the most powerful on the planet. Harnessing these and other clean energy sources such as solar and biomass offers Ireland a golden opportunity to overcome the energy challenge it faces.”

He adds: “There is the potential to create almost 100,000 jobs from harnessing renewable energy and applying energy efficiency activities.”