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  • Priscila Mc Geehan

Accelerating Solar Energy and Grid Expansion: Key Imperatives for Ireland's Renewable Future

In a recent critical review published by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) and covered extensively by the Irish Independent, the urgent need for renewable energy expansion in Ireland takes center stage. Titled "More wind and solar farms needed now to hit climate targets, ministers warned," the report underscores the pressing challenges hindering the country's transition to a sustainable energy future.

Solar energy represents a significant untapped resource in Ireland's renewable energy portfolio. Leveraging solar power offers a promising avenue for diversifying the energy mix and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. While the report addresses the necessity of ramping up both wind and solar energy projects, it also underscores the critical role of grid infrastructure development.

As the global solar energy market continues to soar, Ireland has a unique opportunity to capitalise on this renewable resource and accelerate solar energy deployment across the country. By incentivising solar investments, streamlining planning processes, and fostering collaboration between stakeholders, Ireland can unlock the full potential of solar energy and pave the way for a sustainable energy future.

An often-overlooked yet critical component of Ireland's renewable energy transition is grid infrastructure expansion. The report highlights the challenges posed by grid limitations, particularly in capturing and dispersing energy generated from renewable sources like solar.

Grid expansion is essential to maximising the use of renewable energy and ensuring a reliable and resilient electricity supply. By investing in grid infrastructure, Ireland can address bottlenecks, reduce curtailment of renewable energy generation, and facilitate the seamless integration of solar power into the electricity grid.

The ISEA emphasises the immense potential of solar energy to drive Ireland's renewable energy agenda forward, and echoes the CCAC call for urgent grid expansion initiatives to complement solar energy development. By prioritising grid modernisation projects, Ireland can unlock the full potential of solar energy, enhance grid reliability, accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system, and position itself as a leader in the global clean energy transition, harnessing the power of solar energy to build a brighter, more sustainable future for Ireland and generations to come.

Explore more about ISEA's Grid Working Group.


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