The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) was founded in May 2013. ISEA is committed to bringing attention to the value of solar energy’s contribution to Ireland’s economic and environmental future. ISEA is committed to contributing to the development of viable renewable energy policies that support the development of solar in Ireland via lobbying activities, conferences, and other forums that bring key stakeholders together to shape policy.
Solar is a rapidly developing technology that has minimal impact on the environment with maximum benefits. Solar is forecast to become the most economically viable renewable energy source in the coming years globally.
ISEA recognizes the potential for solar in Ireland, and will work tirelessly with our members to promote solar not only as a means for meeting Ireland’s renewable energy and electricity targets, but as a long-term sustainable and clean option with numerous benefits for Ireland economically, socially and environmentally.
Before joining ISEA as our first Chief Executive Officer, Michael was as an elected member of Cork County Council from 1999 to 2003, where he served as Vice Chairman from 2001 to 2002. He then was elected to Seanad Eireann, where he was appointed as the Labour spokesman for environment (2002-2007) and for social protection (2007-2011).
In 2011, Michael was elected to Dàil Eireann as a member of the constituency of Cork South-West. During this time he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment by then Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. He played a key role in the 2013 report of the Outline Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which resulted in the Climate Change and Low Carbon Development Act.
Michael is excited to be leading ISEA and working to make solar PV a key part of Ireland’s renewable energy mix that will enable Ireland to transition to low carbon society with a diverse energy supply.