UK and Irish ministers will today sign an agreement that could see some of the world’s largest wind turbines built across the Irish midlands.

Stretching more than 600 feet (180 metres) in the air, the towers are set to generate energy for millions of UK homes from 2017. The UK government says the Irish power is a cheaper form of renewable than offshore wind.

Under the plan, a number of companies are seeking to erect hundreds of wind turbines across the boggy midlands of Ireland. The power generated would be transferred to the UK via undersea cables that would join the grid at two points in Wales.

Because the bog lands are relatively windless, the company behind the scheme says they will need to stretch high into the sky to catch sufficient wind to generate power.

One of the developers, Element Power, says the plan would save UK consumers around £7bn over 15 years compared to other renewable sources. The developers also say that thousands of jobs will be created in Ireland and the economy as a whole will benefit.

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