About Us

ISEA was established in 2013 to advance a policy and regulatory landscape promoting solar as a leading renewable energy technology that will decarbonise Ireland’s electricity system, and contribute to a successful and strong clean economy.

As the leading voice for the Irish solar industry, ISEA works closely with Government departments and other significant state agencies to advance the solar agenda on behalf of our members.

As members of Solar Power Europe, ISEA drives the Irish solar agenda at the highest levels in Brussels from the Commission to the various Directorate Generals.

ISEA champions the fight against climate change and will lead the way towards Ireland meetings its 2030 renewable energy targets.

ISEA Mission Statement

ISEA is committed to delivering 5GW of solar between now and 2030. We will lead the way in driving the energy transition by working with stakeholders and Government to decarbonise the electricity system. We will champion the solar industry, on behalf of our members, to policymakers and the public to highlight the benefits that solar brings.


Michael McCarthy
Chief Executive Officer

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 Éireann, where he was appointed as the Labour Spokesman for Environment (2002-2007) and 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 a key part of Ireland’s renewable energy mix that will enable Ireland to transition to a low carbon society with a diverse energy supply.