Eirgrid announce RESS 2 Provisional Auction Results

National grid operator Eirgrid confirmed on Friday that 80 projects have won contracts, with a guaranteed price for power, in the second Renewable Energy Support Scheme auction. The scheme is meant to aid the development of wind and solar electricity projects in the Republic. To view the RESS 2 Provisional Auction Results CLICK HERE.

Data centres get green light to connect with solar and wind farms

Data centres and other high-energy businesses will be permitted to build direct power lines to solar and wind farms under new government plans. Currently, the 1999 Electricity Regulation Act states that solar and wind farms must generally connect to the national electricity grid to distribute their renewable energy. The renewable sector has complained that there … Read more

0.2% of agricultural land needed for solar to meet renewable energy targets

Installing solar panels on just 0.2 per cent of all agricultural land would enable Ireland to meet its renewable energy targets, the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) told TDs and senators today. “Our estimate of the necessary solar contribution to meet Ireland’s renewable target entails using the equivalent of about one fifth of one percent … Read more

Renewable energy plan ‘must be revised urgently’ to avoid price rises

Electricity prices will rise and climate action targets will be missed under the State’s renewable energy strategy, wind and solar companies have warned. Their warnings are in strongly worded letters to EirGrid, the national electricity grid operator, and to Energy and Climate Action Minister Eamon Ryan. The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) said it was … Read more

Dublin approves second renewables auction

The Irish government has approved the holding of the country’s second renewables auction RESS2. The delayed round, which was originally due to be held this year but has been delayed until 2022, is broadly similar to the first one that ran in 2020. Energy Department DECC said the auction will increase technology diversity as it … Read more

Dragon scale solar tiles installed on Google buildings in Silicon Valley

One of Google’s newest buildings is using a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product called Dragonscale, which is manufactured by European solar panel company SunStyle. The internet giant, which also is a world-leading clean energy procurement company, has installed around 7 MW of the product on two buildings at its Silicon Valley campus. The 90,000 individual … Read more

J&J’s Irish operations now powered by 100% renewable electricity

Healthcare company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on Friday its entire operations in Ireland are now powered by electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources through an eight-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted. Over the lifetime of the agreement, Ørsted energy company will supply the company’s 10 sites with more than 1 terawatt-hour (TWh) … Read more

Green electricity developers say they are shut out of the national grid

Delays in getting connections to the national grid are preventing new renewable projects from supplying electricity in the Republic, solar energy developers claim. Electricity supplies are under pressure from stretched capacity, generator shutdowns and a lack of new power stations to replace ones closed in recent years. The Irish Solar Energy Association claims that delays … Read more

NTR to Partner with L&G for Fund 3

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, and NTR, a leading renewable energy specialist, have today confirmed their intentions to partner and jointly tackle the climate emergency. With €1.55 Trillion Assets Under Management, LGIM is one of Europe’s largest asset managers. This is an exciting time for both organisations.  … Read more

Strategic Power Projects joins forces with London-listed Gresham House

Renewable electricity developer Strategic Power Projects is joining forces with London-listed investor Gresham House to build solar electricity generators and battery storage around Ireland. Strategic Power is investing €1 billion in 16 projects capable of providing electricity to an estimated 630,000 homes. The company confirmed on Monday that it had formed a partnership with alternative … Read more