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Ireland’s first PPA for large-scale solar

Allied Irish Banks will buy electricity from two solar parks that NTR is now developing. The power purchase agreement has a duration of 15 years.

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Ireland introduces planning exemptions for rooftop solar

Ireland’s new solar measures, first announced in June, are expected to facilitate deployment in the residential and commercial PV segments.

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Ireland launches rebate scheme for rooftop PV on non-residential buildings

The maximum rebate in Ireland’s new scheme is €2,400 ($2,345) for PV systems up to 6 kW in size. It will remain at this level for 2022 and 2023.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Canadian startup unveils 120 kW fuel cell system

In other news, Alstom tested its hydrogen train for long-distance transportation and the IEA released a report suggesting that hydrogen development may require an annual investment of around $60-130 billion through 2030.

Impact of heat pumps on Ireland’s energy system

New research from Ireland shows that electrification could lead to more efficient utilization of renewable energy and the national transmission network.

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Oil and gas reservoirs are cheapest options for underground hydrogen storage

New research from Ireland shows that depleted oil and gas reservoirs may be used to store hydrogen at a cost of $1.29/kg. According to the researchers, underground hydrogen storage may benefit from the technological maturity of the geologic storage of natural gas and CO2, which are associated with decades of established knowledge.

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Ireland proposes planning exemptions for rooftop solar

The Irish government has drafted a proposal that would exempt domestic and some non-domestic solar installations from planning permission, in order to make solar installation shorter and simpler, bringing the nation in line with the EU Solar Rooftops Initiative.

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Irish authorities approve subsea power link to France

Ireland has given the green light to install a 700 MW, high-voltage direct current submarine power cable between its southern coast and the northwestern coast of France.

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Ireland allocates 1.53 GW of PV in second renewables auction

The final average price in Ireland’s latest procurement exercise came in at €0.09787 ($0.103)/kWh. Wind developers secured 414 MW in the auction.

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Ireland launches second renewables auction

The Irish authorities have kicked off a new procurement exercise, together with the commissioning of the first solar park built under the nation’s first renewables auction. French developer Neoen built the 8 MW facility at a location south of Dublin.

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