The European Union is preparing to end import controls on solar panels and cells from China after a majority of the EU's Member States backed the move, despite strong opposition from EU ProSun, a joint initiative representing EU solar producers which launched the original complaint back in 2012. The regulations dictated that Chinese solar manufacturers could sell their products in Europe free of any duties if they do so at or above a minimum price that has progressively declined over the length of the policy.
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Solar industry bolstered by further government support. The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) welcomes the introduction of a grant scheme for rooftop solar PV by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE). The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will be managing the scheme that will provide a contribution of up to €3,800 towards total installation costs.
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The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) in Ireland has announced they will offer homeowners a grant of up to €3,800 to support the installation of solar PV panels and battery energy storage systems.
Read more on SEAI's website.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., has today launched the Climate Action priority of Project Ireland 2040 "Empowering Communities for Climate Action" at an event in the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Building on the 2017 National Mitigation Plan, the National Development Plan prioritises €21.8bn for climate action. This substantial investment will both require, and support, behavioural change in individual and communities across Ireland.
Minister Naughten was joined by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD who all have key roles in delivering on our climate objectives within their sectors.
The event included moderated panel discussions exploring the roles and opportunities for communities in the low carbon transition.
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Read Denis Naughten T.D. speech transcript
Following on from a very positive policy victory for the solar sector on the new Renewable Energy Directive, EU institutions have sealed an ambitious deal on the new renewable energy Governance Regulation and the Energy Efficiency Directive.
The future framework for the governance of the Energy Union establishes strong foundations to ensure that the ambitious renewable deal agreed last week will be effectively delivered by European Member States. European co-legislators took onboard SolarPower Europe's key proposals, setting the scene for a bright solar future in Europe:
ISEA welcome the opportunity to provide our views on the Enduring Connection Policy ECP-1.
As the leading trade association for solar energy in Ireland, ISEA is responding on behalf of our membership of over 50 Irish businesses. ISEA believes that through a collaborative approach the regulator, system operators and project promoters can develop a sustaining process that will allow Ireland to connect more renewable energy projects over the coming years and help Ireland reduce its legally binding carbon emissions.
The proposal to process projects with a valid planning grant is welcomed however ISEA believes that the CRU needs to ensure greater number of projects are delivered in ECP-1. The limits as proposed are too restrictive and by raising the capacity to 1000MW will help deliver more projects in a quicker timeframe.
Response to Public Consultation on the Design of a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland
As a responsible representative industry body, The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) wants to ensure that development of utility scale, ground mounted solar is carried out in line with international best practice. This document provides planning considerations for the development of same. Further to this, ISEA acknowledges the growing number of planning applications to local authorities for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (solar PV) developments in Ireland, and in the absence of guidance, the ISEA has set out what it believes is the appropriate level of best practice development.
The considerations put forward in this document are based on the experience of ISEA members in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States in the development of solar projects. These have been adapted to comply with Ireland's regulations in relation to planning, environmental protection and agriculture.
On the 2nd November 2017 the CRU published a proposed decision on the Enduring Connection Policy – Stage 1 (ECP-1). This proposed decision is further to the CER/15/284 consultation and sets out the CRU's detailed policy proposals for connection to the electricity system.
Alongside the proposed decision, and to enable successful and timely implementation of the enduring connection policy, the CRU has also issued a direction to the system operators on the transition to ECP-1 (D/17/19787).
A draft of Ireland 2040 – Our Plan is now available to view online.
This public consultation focuses on the Design Options of a proposed new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) for Ireland. It follows on from the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme Technology Review consultation in 2015 which identified a range of renewable electricity technologies to be further assessed. Further, it uses the evidence base of two pieces of work that are being undertaken in parallel. The first study is an Economic Assessment of Renewable Technologies to underpin a new RESS (commissioned by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE)) and the second study is An Assessment of Models to Support Community Ownership of Renewable Energy in Ireland (commissioned by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)).
This consultation focuses on the design options of a proposed new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme for Ireland.
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ISEA's response will be submitted before the November 3rd deadline.
The Irish Government is missing a major opportunity and the Renewable Energy Support Scheme outline lacks detail and ambition, the Irish Solar Energy Association has said.
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Just over two years ago the European Commission launched the PV Financing project, part of its research and development program Horizon 2020. The aim of the project is to help the deployment of innovative PV business models in the EU by reducing their financial risk and ease their access to finance. BSW-Solar (Germany) coordinates the project and six other countries are participating: France, Austria, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Turkey. Examples of the partners that are contributing to the success of PV Financing include Solar Trade Association.
Learn more about PV Financing here.