Ireland's first commercial-scale wind farm is now officially switched on and harnessing the brisk winds of the Irish Sea to provide power for coastal Irish communities. Arklow Bank Offshore Wind Park, inaugurated this week, also reflects a number of "firsts" for wind power development.

"The Irish Sea, with its strong, abundant winds and sea conditions has challenged this milestone project, which has provided a showcase for both the wind industry and Ireland." - Mark Little, vice president-power generation for GE Energy