Ireland

Ireland to support large-scale solar and renewables through competitive auctions

The Irish government has now launched a public consultation on the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), which is expected help realize the plan of covering around 40% of the country’s power demand with renewables by 2030. Micro-generation was not included in the scheme.

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Ireland welcomes 420 kW rooftop solar array, largest in country

The Dublin headquarters of Butlers Chocolate is now home to the largest Solar PV rooftop installation in Ireland. Hanwha Q Cells supplied and installed the modules.

Ireland needs rooftop PV incentive scheme, report shows

As Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is considering a new renewable electricity support scheme to replace the existing REFIT regime, Friends of the Earth voices concerns that the new scheme may fail to consider rooftop installations. The environmental NGO argues that introduction of a subsidy for rooftop solar PV is vital for putting the country on a decarbonization course.

Ireland: 10 MW PV project rejected by council

A solar plant planned by developer Gaelectric on a site north of Dublin has failed to receive approval from the local council, according to reports from the Irish Independent.

Lightsource planning 70 MW solar farm in Ireland

The U.K.-headquartered renewable energy developer hope to invest €60 million on developing the large-scale solar far on a 129-hectare plot of land in County Meath. Planning permission has already been submitted.

Ireland’s mitigation plan outlines incremental and permanent decarbonization steps

200-page plan proffers detailed breakdown of Ireland’s pathway towards decarbonization and greater energy efficiency by 2050. Key tenet is transition from centralized, fossil-fuel based electricity system to a low carbon power system. Green campaigners criticize plan’s lack of ambition.

Ireland: interest grows in large-scale solar

Irish power utility EBS and wind specialist Bord na Móna are planning a giant solar project across three counties in the middle of Ireland. Meanwhile, large-scale PV projects with a combined capacity of 1.47 GW were submitted to the local grid operator for approval.

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BNRG and Neoen announce joint venture to develop €220 million solar projects in Ireland

The €220 million deal has been signed by Irish company BNRG and French energy firm Neoen to build 23 solar parks in Ireland, totalling 220MW.

Ireland emerges as Europe’s storage lab

A recent presentation at the European Union-funded Grid and Storage workshop in London showcased why Ireland has emerged as Europe’s energy storage lab, and might soon comprise an active storage market.

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Ireland’s energy storage potential

There is a lot of talk and action regarding energy storage in Europe and the sector is actively discussing which national market will emerge most strongly. A seldom discussed but very strong case can be made for Ireland.

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