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 (for context, the targeted 700,000 domestic installations are initially estimated at a value of €4bn with values to be derived for commercial and agriculture too), ISEA is constituting a 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:

  • Development of a Behind the Meter policy that supports the optimum deployment of solar
  • Ensure that the structure of any incentive mechanism is suitable, attractive and fair to encourage a significant increase in demand for solar PV
  • Remove legislative and regulatory barriers currently impeding Behind the Meter deployment
  • Influence planning standards to ensure they are appropriately balanced for the social good without unduly impeding behind the meter solar roll out
  • Support a behind the meter grid policy which will facilitate a greater decentralisation of the Irish electricity system

Working Group Chair: C/O Ronan McGlade (Contact Us)

Routes To Market Working Group

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

  • Inputs into commercial revenues (e.g. PPAs)
    • Wholesale pricing
      • Pertinent Single Electricity Market (SEM) rules
      • Pricing structures
      • Cannibalisation
    • Solar subsidy mechanisms such as the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS)
      • Structures and rules
    • Subsidy free
  • Corporate PPAs
  • Opportunities for cost reduction

Key specific areas to be addressed by this group over 2021 include:

  1. RESS
    • Outcomes of RESS-1 deployment
    • Inputting into RESS-2 rule formation
    • Aiming to shape DECC’s thinking on RESS-3
  2. Clean Energy Package (CEP)
    • Review of policy and regulation to implement the compensation structures around the CEP, especially in relation to the Balancing Market and system services
  3. PSO
    • Reviewing key policy and regulation around PSO structuring and calculation

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
    • DLAF/TLAF/TUOS
    • Alternative connection methods
  • Delivery of grid coconnection works
  • Grid code compliance
  • Constraint and Curtailment
  • Opportunities for solar to contribute to DS3
  • Opportunities for cost reduction

Key specific areas to be addressed by this group over 2021 include:

  1. Grid delivery
    • Smooth delivery of RESS-1 solar deployment
  2. ECP 2.1 implementation
    • Review of members issues as offer processing is conducted
    • Development of policy for ECP 2.2
  3. Grid Code Compliance
    • Ensuring the first grid connected solar projects are compliant with latest grid codes
    • Aid developers and manufactures with achieving compliance and ensuring interpretation of codes is consistent with ESBN/EirGrid requirements.
  4. Connection Costa.
    • Respond to CRU consultation on ESBN GSCs
    • Work with EirGrid/ESBN on development of technical standards to promote lower cost solutions

Working Group Chair: Donal Smith (Contact Us)

Planning Working Group

There is need for planning and legislation changes, to support the growth of a net zero energy system. Given the increasing project pipeline of the ground mount utility solar, particularly the growth in large scale at transmission level through the planning system at a local authority or SID (for context, over 400 submitted applications at various stages of planning totalling circa 4-5GW), ISEA has constituted a 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 2019 goals in the renewable sectorsolar 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
  • Private Wire Legislation to meet Climate Action Plan 2019 (Action Point 22) on direct lines and private networks for commercial solar farms to connect to off takers via 3rdparty lands
  • Exemptions under Planning and Development Act for residential/commercial roof sizing/area
  • Rates revaluation under the Valuation Acts 2001 to 2020for 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