Meeting of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Tuesday 16 January 2018, Webcast Recording. CR2, LH 2000 5.00 p.m.

Agenda: (i) Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals:
Schedule A: COM(2017)698, (research programme for European Atomic Energy Community) COM(2017)769 (investment in energy infrastructure)
Schedule B: COM(2017)54.
(ii) Meeting Ireland’s targets under the 2020 Climate & Energy Package

In attendance: Officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and representatives from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU); EirGrid plc; Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA); North West PV and Smart Renewable Energy Ltd; The Irish Wind Energy Association; Sustainable Energy Association Ireland (SEAI); ESB Networks

Watch the webcast online here.

Download the statement from David Maguire, Chairman, ISEA here.


Planning Considerations for the Development of Ground Mounted Solar

Niall Cussen, Senior Planning Adviser, ‎Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government

Purpose of meeting: To discuss ISEA publication entitled “Planning considerations for the development of ground mounted solar”, Amending the relevant planning act to remove the restriction on the amount of solar panels on rooftops and the inconsistency of rates applied in different local authority areas attached to planning decisions and our request therefore to have a standardised rate applied.

Download the meeting document here.

28th & 29th November 2017 - Solar Ireland 2017 Conference

Solar Ireland 2017 (Conference & Exhibition) will play host to key stakeholders in the Irish and international solar industry. The agenda will include sessions on; Policy Setting; Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS); Market; Finance; Planning & Community; Grid Connection, Rooftop Solar amongst others. With an expected 300 delegates, 34 speakers, 7 panel sessions, and 25 exhibitors, Solar Ireland 2017 will be a master class in succeeding in solar on the island. This is the annual ‘go-to’ event for the solar industry in Ireland and the official ISEA conference.

Mark your calendars and register here.

13th October 2017 - Council meeting for ISEA members only

Time: 9:30 am


9th October 2017 - Webinar: What implications does RESS have for the solar industry in Ireland

The Irish Government through DCCAE, have published its consultation on the design of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) in Ireland to encourage sufficient levels of renewable energy and meet national and EU targets. Key considerations for developing Ireland’s RESS include incentivising renewable generation and enabling community led projects. Register for the free webinar and understand how the solar industry in Ireland will develop in the light of RESS and much more. Speakers are: David Maguire, Chairman of ISEA (Irish Solar Energy Association) and the new CEO Michael McCarthy, former Labour TD, who was appointed CEO of ISEA in the summer. In addition, during the live Q&A we have Eamon Ryan leader of the Green Party in Ireland who will contribute to the debate.