Behind the Meter Working Group 

There is a need for widespread low carbon generation behind-the-meter, to achieve a net zero
energy system. Given the potential scale of the emerging behind the meter sector both in
commercial and domestic applications, ISEA is continuing the Behind The Meter Working Group to
shape and guide the association’s activities around behind the meter solar. The overall objective of
this group is to influence the direction of this sector and enable the Government to achieve their
goals in this sector.

Key thematic areas to be addressed by this group include:

  • The forthcoming microgeneration policy maximises deployment of solar behind the meter,
    ensuring that the structure of any incentive mechanism is suitable
  • Planning standards appropriately balance social goods without unduly impeding behind the
    meter solar roll out
  • Behind the meter grid policy facilitates greater decentralisation of the Irish electricity
    system

Working Group Chair: Eoin Brennan (Contact Us)

Routes To Market Working Group

The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is continuing Routes to Market (RtM) Working Group (WG).
This subject area is crucial to the commercial viability of future solar assets in Ireland.

Key specific areas to be addressed by this group over 2022 include:

  1. RESS
    • Competition Ratio
    • Capital Acquisitions Tax
  2. Clean Energy Package (CEP)
    • Decisions on Article 12 & 13
  3. Private Wires – Commercial
    • Corporate Power-Purchase Agreements
    • Private Wire Consultation Response
  4. Shaping Our Electricity Future
    • Recalibration to enable least cost blend of renewables
    • Construction of new connection infrastructure
  5. Commercial Viability
    • Sustainable RESS Bids
    • Post-Subsidy Solar Market

Working Group Chair: John Polard (Contact Us)

Grid Working Group

The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)has constituting a Grid Working Group (WG). This subject area is crucial to the connection of and commercial viability of future solar assets in Ireland. The key relevant areas to be considered by this group include:

  • Connection policy and grid access
    • Including ECP policy development
    • Connection costs
    • Development of technical standards for connection works
    • TUOS charging for solar
    • Alternative connection methods
  • Delivery of grid coconnection works
  • Constraint / Curtailment and firm access policy
  • Opportunities for connection cost reductions

Key specific areas to be addressed by this group over 2022 include:

  1. Connection Costs
  2. ECP 2.2 & Future Policy Development
    • EirGrid - Shaping Our Electricity Future
    • Constraint Reports
    • ESBN - National Networks, Local Connections
    • Constraint Reports
    • MLEs and MEC Sharing
    • Sub-Station standards
    • Private Wire connections
  3. Grid Delivery
    • Keep industry and ESBN/EirGrid informed on pace of solar connections
    • Identify and address common project issues that arise

Working Group Chair: Donal Smith (Contact Us)

Planning Working Group

There is a continuing need for planning and legislation changes, to support the growth of a net zero
energy system. Given the increasing project pipeline of ground mount utility solar, particularly in large
scale at transmission level through the planning system at local authority level, ISEA is continuing the
Planning Working Group to shape and guide the association’s activities around planning for solar. The
overall objective of this group is to influence the direction of the planning and legislative environment
to enable the Government to achieve their Climate Action Plan goals in the renewable sector for solar
PV.

Key thematic areas to be addressed by this group include:

  • Update to planning guidelines by ISEA and Future Analytics in 2016/17, into a best practice
    manual taking account considerations for communities, larger scale solar and lessons learnt
  • Local Authority / An Bord Pleanala Engagement
  • Changes to Planning legislation that could negatively impact the solar industry.
  • Rates revaluation under the Valuation Acts 2001 to 2020 for reasonable PV commercial rates

Working Group Chair: Maeve O'Callaghan (Contact Us)

If you would like to get involved with any of these working groups, please get in touch with ISEA. Please CLICK HERE for our Working Group Terms of Reference