The first round of Ireland’s newly introduced Enduring Connection Policy – 1 (ECP-1), introduced at the beginning of the year, has resulted in considerable success for solar PV and battery storage, with the technologies clearly outcompeting various forms of gas-fired generation, biomass, and wind energy.
The program will be be grant aided, and will provide funds mainly for self-consumption projects. At a later stage, the scheme may also offer incentives for home battery storage.
ESB and Oersted UK independently announced this week they have acquired storage assets to deliver ancillary services to the UK grid operator.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a €500,000 fund of Irish government and European Commission cash to promote sustainable energy technology development
British developer Lightsource has announced the acquisition of Irish software company Ubiworx. The company is a specialist in the internet of things and has already worked closely with Lightsource over the past two years
The Irish renewable energy supplier, which is already active in the residential and commercial solar business, has agreed to acquire a 40% stake in rooftop PV installer, Activ8 Solar Energies.
The scheme, which was not included in the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) unveiled by the Irish government in September, will initially be targeted at residential self-consumption.
Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) will make its first investments in solar energy, in partnership with German PV plant operator, Capital Stage. The money will go towards the development of 140 MW of solar, to be built by Irish developer, Power Capital.
Continued tumbling cost of solar prompts Elgin Energy to apply for planning permission to build a large-scale solar farm on a 100-acre site in Kilkenny, Ireland.
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