Solar growth to benefit Irish economy and climate Report finds solar can substantially benefit customers and reduce emissions

Independent research from international advisory firm, AFRY, finds that increased levels of solar PV (“solar”) will significantly reduce carbon emissions and provide major cost savings. In a high solar scenario, compared to a scenario in which no further solar was connected by 2035, the findings were: Solar would provide an annual saving of €21 per … Read more

SolarPower Europe Survey – Performance of administrative procedures for solar developers

Together with eclareon, Öko institute and WindEurope, SolarPower Europe is part of the RES Simplify project, commissioned by the European Commission. The project aims at evaluating the performance of European administrative procedures for solar developers (permit-granting procedures, grid connection procedures) and monitoring the implementation of the European climate and energy law in that regard. As … Read more

RESS-1 Provisional Auction Results Launched by EirGrid

RESS 1 is the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme by the Government of Ireland and is a pivotal component of the Government’s Climate Action Plan. RESS 1 uses a competitive auction process to determine which generators receive support. For projects that are successful in the RESS 1 Auction, this support typically applies for approximately 15 … Read more

Solar bids set to shine after years on standby – ISEA

Solar developers in Ireland are expected to start building their first projects in mid-2021 after a long wait for the country’s first renewables auction. Around 1.2GW of PV capacity is eligible to take part in this month’s technology-neutral RESS auction, as well as a separate pot that will ring fence 10% of the expected up … Read more

Solar Ireland 2020 – rescheduled to 6th October in Croke Park

Solar Ireland 2020 – Rescheduled to 6th October – Croke Park, Dublin In light of the recent COVID-19 epidemic, the Irish Solar Energy Association had made the decision to reschedule the event to the 6th October. This is an extremely important year for the solar sector in Ireland as we should soon hear from Government … Read more

Ikea (Australia) wants to assemble its own little power plant.

The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant plans to cover every inch of rooftop space at one of its 10 Australian megastores, including purpose-built car parks, with solar panels. Together with big-battery storage and other technology, the operation will not only be energy self-sufficient, but will also be able to feed excess power back to the grid. … Read more

United Kingdom urged to set 40GW PV goal for 2030

The UK government should commit to a target of 40GW of solar capacity by 2030, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). STA made the call in a letter to the Secretary of State of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma, which coincides with the publication of a new policy paper outlining how the … Read more

Ryan urges Ireland to follow UK lead in committing to zero carbon

Ireland must follow the UK in committing to achieving “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, according to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. British prime minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday it is to enshrine in law a commitment to reach net zero emissions, making Britain the first major economy to do so. That means emissions from … Read more