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June 10: Ireland’s solar eclipse – what you need to know

June 10th, Ireland will experience a partial solar eclipse, where the shadow of the Moon will cover almost a third (29%) of the Sun. This ...
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Solar energy ramping up investment to €750m

Danish energy player Obton and its local partner, Shannon Energy, intend boosting their investment in Irish solar projects to €750 million from an original €300 ...
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Alternus Power group in €22m Romanian deal

Dublin-headquartered green energy provider Alternus has acquired a solar park in Romania in a €22 million deal in a move that extends total installed capacity ...
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Orsted to add jobs after Brookfield Renewable Ireland deal

Danish wind company Orsted will be “hiring significantly” in Ireland following an agreement with Brookfield Renewable to acquire a 100 per cent equity interest in ...
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Green energy provider Alternus raises €9m from backers

Alternus, a Dublin-headquartered green energy provider, has raised NOK91 million (€9 million) in funding through the issuance of convertible notes. The funding has been led ...
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CEO Townhall Meeting

Title: CEO Town Hall/Future of Irish Solar Date: 25th March 2021 at 11.00am Presented by: Conall Bolger - CEO - Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) ...
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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. ...
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NTR Fund Acquires 54 MW of Co-Located Solar and Battery Storage in Ireland from RES

Dublin, 24 February 2021: NTR has acquired a 54 MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in Co. Wexford, Ireland from renewable energy ...
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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 ...
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ESB seeks wind and solar energy support

Irish energy company ESB is seeking companies to carry out technical due diligence and energy consultancy services for solar and on- and offshore wind projects. ...
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Solar AdTek Announces New Funding Partnership with Vivid Edge

Solar AdTek, the leading developer and supplier of innovative solar powered and LED lighting systems for outdoor advertising companies, has today announced the launch of ...
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Large Scale Solar Europe Virtual Summit

We’re looking forward to getting the conversations started at Large Scale Solar Europe Virtual Summit! Just a few days to go… You can join in ...
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AMARENCO GROUP successfully closes a €150 million new capital commitment

Cork, 10 november 2020: Six months after opening its capital to IDIA Capital Investissement, Amarenco Group, a major global solar power producer and a leading ...
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Paris investor takes controlling stake in Irish solar developer PCRE

Paris-based investor in private equity and infrastructure Omnes has acquired a controlling stake in the Irish solar PV developer Power Capital Renewable Energy (PCRE) for an undisclosed sum. ...
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Endless possibilities of solar power investment

International energy experts are waxing lyrical about its endless possibilities, businesses are increasingly buying into it, and the public barely knows about it. Solar farms ...
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Planning and Development Guidance Recommendations for Utility Scale Solar PV Schemes in Ireland

Planning and Development Guidance Recommendations for Utility Scale Solar PV Schemes in Ireland 
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Huawei FusionSolar Day Ireland Challenges & Solutions- Virtual Overview

Next week Huawei FusionSolar will host their first Irish Event. Huawei Ireland would be delighted to invite you all to attend and we hope you ...
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Rule restricting number of solar panels is relaxed

Restrictions on the number of rooftop solar panels on houses and other properties are to be lifted to boost the amount of solar energy generated ...
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The Future is Bright as Solar Surges in the RESS-1 Provisional Auction Results….

ISEA welcomes the provisional results published yesterday for successful solar PV, community and wind projects in the new Irish Government Renewable Electricity Subsidy Scheme (RESS). ...
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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. ...
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RESS-1 survey from ISEA

Please find link to RESS-1 survey from ISEA to gain applicants insight and views on the process, including indexation on bid pricing.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFNPR57   ...
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€10 million package ‘earmarked for on-farm renewable energy’

The inclusion of a €10 million allocation to support on-farm renewable energy investments in the July Stimulus Package has been welcomed by the Micro-Renewable Energy ...
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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 ...
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UK fruit producer – latest to use ‘green loan’ to fund sustainable development

Thanks to an abundance of vegetable plots and fruit orchards, Kent is known as the “Garden of England.” A producer of berries and stone fruit ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Following consultation – ECP-2 decision paper released

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities(CRU) finally released the ECP-2 decision paper following consultation, that is positive for solar PV grid connections (>0.5MW). Three annual batches of ...
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Point Load Power releases latest version of flat rooftop solar tracker

Point Load Power announced the launch of its flagship technology, PV Booster Gen 2, a rooftop tracking system designed to maximize solar production from monofacial and ...
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Six-junction solar cell sets two world records for efficiency

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have fabricated a solar cell with an efficiency of nearly 50%. The six-junction solar cell now holds ...
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Recently discovered molecule could significantly boost solar cell power

In the search for more efficient solar cells, researchers in Japan have found that a recently discovered molecule, important in a plant’s ability to photosynthesise ...
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Breakthrough solar cell sets two world records for efficiency

Scientists at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have published findings to Nature Energy on a new solar cell concept with enormous potential. The six-junction cell ...
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ESB and Harmony Solar agree €30m deal to build Irish solar farms

Ireland’s solar capacity is set to grow over the next decade, with a new project that aims to power 230,000 homes by 2030. ESB and ...
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Irish Renewable Electricity Support Scheme Update

Irish Solar Energy Association was significantly represented at the Large Scale Solar Digital Series event yesterday where Michael Moore, Anthony Doherty, Gavin Blake & David ...
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New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019

Almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows solar, ...
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The future looks bright for solar energy

Over the past decade, the cost of solar has fallen dramatically. New technologies promise to increase efficiency and lower costs further. Solar energy will soon ...
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11 solar projects to the first round of Government’s renewable electricity support scheme

The project portfolio announced today marks the first phase of the overall €300 million investment announced by the joint venture in January The 11 projects ...
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SEAI Announce New Solar PV Scheme for 2020

A new scheme has been introduced that offers homeowners up to €3,000 towards the cost of installing solar photovoltaics for producing electricity in their own ...
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Butterfly concerns delay solar farm planning decision

Concerns around the fate of the Small Skipper and Marsh Fritillary butterflies have delayed An Bord Pleanala making a ruling on plans for a large ...
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Green Party lays out 17 demands for entering coalition negotiations

The Green Party has set out 17 demands that must be met before it would be amendable to consider coalition talks involving Fianna Fáil and ...
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Onsite Management of COVID-19 – ISEA – Keeping You Informed

The management of the issue of the Coronavirus is an emerging and fast changing issue. Today’s update from the Irish Solar Energy Association contains critical guidance documents ...
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Minister Humphreys announces supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Just last week the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), Heather Humphreys TD, announced details on the package of supports she has put in ...
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ISEA speaks in front of Joint Committee on Climate Action

ISEA Chairman, David Maguire, spoke in front of the Joint Committee on Climate Action on Wednesday 4th December 2019. You can read the full transcript ...
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Minister Bruton Announces Scheme to Reach 70% Renewables

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, T.D. today (Monday the 2nd of December) announced details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme ...
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Solar Ireland 2020 – Delivering Sustainability

Solar Ireland 2020 will take place on Tuesday 28 April 2020 in Croke Park, Dublin. 2020's conference will again bring industry experts together, from home ...
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Residential Rooftop Solar PV Scheme

Solar industry bolstered by further government support. The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) welcomes the introduction of a grant scheme for rooftop solar PV by ...
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SEAI announce solar rooftop grants

The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) in Ireland has announced they will offer homeowners a grant of up to €3,800 to support the installation ...
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ISEA welcomes RESS Publication

Support Scheme maps out Ireland’s renewables plan to 2030 The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) welcomes the High Level Design Paper on RESS published by ...
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Project Ireland 2040 – Empowering Communities

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., has today launched the Climate Action priority of Project Ireland 2040 "Empowering Communities for ...
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European co-legislators seal ambitious deals

Following on from a very positive policy victory for the solar sector on the new Renewable Energy Directive, EU institutions have sealed an ambitious deal ...
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ISEA submission to CRU

ISEA welcome the opportunity to provide our views on the Enduring Connection Policy ECP-1. As the leading trade association for solar energy in Ireland, ISEA ...
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ISEA RESS Submission

Response to Public Consultation on the Design of a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland Download PDF
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The Development of Ground Mounted Solar

As a responsible representative industry body, The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) wants to ensure that development of utility scale, ground mounted solar is carried ...
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Electricity Connection Policy

On the 2nd November 2017 the CRU published a proposed decision on the Enduring Connection Policy – Stage 1 (ECP-1). This proposed decision is further ...
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National Planning Framework Ireland 2040 – Our Plan

A draft of Ireland 2040 – Our Plan is now available to view online.
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Renewable Electricity Support Scheme – Public Consultation

This public consultation focuses on the Design Options of a proposed new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) for Ireland. It follows on from the first ...
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Media Update – Renewable Energy Support Scheme

The Irish Government is missing a major opportunity and the Renewable Energy Support Scheme outline lacks detail and ambition, the Irish Solar Energy Association has ...
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Planning Workshop

Click here to view the presentations from the day.
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PV Financing

Just over two years ago the European Commission launched the PV Financing project, part of its research and development program Horizon 2020. The aim of ...
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