ISEA welcomes the provisional results published yesterday for successful solar PV, community and wind projects in the new Irish Government Renewable Electricity Subsidy Scheme (RESS).
This is the first of five RESS auctions to help Ireland meet and deliver its 70% renewable electricity target by 2030, with 63 solar projects totalling over 1,000MWdc (767.3 GWhrs ac) provisionally awarded a contact up to 16.5 years at an unindexed fixed price (€/MWhr). The solar farms will be connected to the grid network over the next couple of years and provide new construction jobs in a number of counties including Meath, Tipperary, Cork, Waterford and Wexford.
ISEA Chairman David Maguire stated ‘After a four year wait for solar farms to participate in Ireland’s renewable energy mix, yesterday’s RESS-1 provisional results were very positive for the solar industry, that will create new green jobs, support rural Ireland and meet 2030 renewable energy targets. ISEA looks forward to working with DCCAE/Eirgrid on the design of future RESS auctions, preferably technology specific that benefits consumers.’