The first phase rollout of the ESB Rural Electrification Scheme began in 1946.

During this week in 1946 the first phase rollout of the ESB Rural Electrification Scheme began. The sheer scale project can be gauged from early estimates of the materials needed for its completion, namely: 1 million poles; 100,000 transformers; and 75,000 miles of line.


In 1946, 2 out of 3 homes had no electricity, that’s 400,000 rural homes. Fast forward 75 years and Ireland is fully electrified.


To date Galetech Energy Developments Ltd. have delivered over 300MW of wind capacity, and currently has 680MW of wind and 300MW of energy storage in the development pipeline.


In 1946 the Rural Electrification Scheme changed Ireland forever, and the transition process to renewable energy that’s currently happening in Ireland is our generations energy revolution. We have a long way to go in achieving our #70by30 goals but we are moving in the green and right direction.


Photograph credit:ESBhttps://esbarchives.ie