Abstract: “The long awaited RESS High Level Design Paper was published on 24th July having received governmental approval that day. It is generally a well-structured and well thought out document. It provides a roadmap for Ireland to meet its 2030 targets and largely follows the policy themes of the Energy White Paper published in 2015 including community engagement, minimising cost to the consumer and diversity in the renewable energy technologies deployed.”
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Former Bord Gáis chief John Mullins's renewable energy business Amarenco is pressing ahead with plans to build 11 solar farms here.
The proposals had been on hold pending the outcome of Government deliberations on a subsidy scheme for renewable electricity.
The scheme was published earlier this week, and on foot of the details in it Mr Mullins has decided to commence preparations for construction.
“The announcement by Minister Naughten is very welcome and now brings Ireland in line with most other European Union nations in terms of an official recognition of solar energy, which is the fastest growing renewable energy sector on the planet,” Mr Mullins said. “Amarenco has been calling for this support for some considerable time and we will now commence our preparatory work for the installation of solar farms to provide Ireland's electricity grid with much needed clean electricity. “We expect to have our first solar farm operational by end 2019.” The company said it expects to invest €70m in the 11 solar farms.
BNRG Renewables has begun construction of a portfolio of 10 solar photovoltaic projects totalling 35 Megawatts (MW) in the US state of Oregon.
It represents the delivery of the first batch of US projects the company has been developing since 2016.
The projects have secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with local utility Portland General Electric. The 35MW is the equivalent of providing the electricity demand of more than 11,500 homes, and saving some 18,600 tonnes of carbon, over 30 years. Construction started in early June on the first three projects. All are expected to be completed by mid-2019. BNRG is financing the project through a $35 million facility and a longer-term sale and leaseback tax equity arrangement provided by SunTrust Bank.
Elgin Energy has received planning permission for a 4MW project in Portarlington, Co. Offaly. The project will connect to the local Portarlington 38kV substation. As part of the planning process, negotiations with Irish Rail were carried out to secure rights to cross the railway line with a MV cable. We have also secured grid consents for this project.
In June, Elgin launched a pilot scheme on a Kilkenny dairy farm by installing a 10kWp ground mount system. The scheme was developed in partnership with Activ8 Solar Energies. It was energised on Wednesday 13 June and is expected to save farmer, Cathal Moran, €1,300 per annum on his electricity bill. The project was connected during the heatwave and has been producing twice as much energy as expected for the month of June. The ground mount system is a bespoke design from Italy allowing for ground structures to be installed by hand as opposed to using traditional piling rigs for piled foundations.
In a year where commercial scale rooftop market growth has not met expectations, we are delighted to announce our success with our second project for the Defence Forces. In 2017 we completed 90 kWp on Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin.
We started 2018 with an order for 165 kWp from the Defence Forces for Custume Barracks Athlone. The project is now complete, on time and on budget, and visitors to Athlone can see the system from across the river.
We utilised 270 watt modules from JA together with Solis inverters and a mounting system designed specifically for standing-seam roofs. Customers in 2018 are getting great value as component prices continue to drop and we are able to purchase full truck-loads of components direct from the manufacturers.
- Robert Goss - Solarelectric
On 24th April, Entrust Planning Consultants received planning permission for the largest solar farm granted permission by An Bord Pleanala to date.
The 143.6 acre 25 MW solar farm is located near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
The project was initially granted permission by Tipperary County Council but was appealed by a third party.
Elgin Energy has received planning permission for a 50 MW solar PV project at Milltown Airfield near Elgin in Moray. This is the largest consented solar PV project in Scotland to date.
Permission granted for largest solar farm in Scotland Developer Elgin Energy consented for 50 MW project at Milltown Airfield Elgin Energy has received planning permission for a 50 MW solar PV project at Milltown Airfield near Elgin in Moray. This is the largest consented solar PV project in Scotland to date.