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

Call Now Open: SEAI’s 2022 RD&D Funding Programme

The 2022 SEAI National Energy Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme Call is now open for applications, with Government funding of €20 million available. The call will close at 12pm on Monday the 16th of May.  Co-funding partners include the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Transport, ESB Networks, Geological … Read more

Time to take responsibility for our electricity prices

Anyone opening an electricity bill in 2022 will notice a monumental price increase. The CSO revealed earlier this month that electricity prices had risen 22 per cent in a year, with several suppliers since announcing further increases. The calls to accelerate the deployment of renewables at customer and utility scale are well made; this is the only option … Read more

Grid connections remain significant barrier despite ‘dynamic’ Irish solar sector

Despite a surge in activity, grid connections remain a key barrier to the development of solar projects in the Republic of Ireland. The associated costs of grid connection at different scales mean some are targeting much larger scale projects to counterbalance the challenge, according to panelists speaking as part of the Focus on the Republic of … Read more

Does Going Solar Make ‘Cents?’

As we inch closer to the start of spring, producers realize their energy bills will begin rising, too. On-farm costs have dramatically risen over the past half decade — from increased feed to labor to energy. To help power their dairies and manage their costs, two producers share how one main resource, sunlight, offset rising … Read more