In 2017, Ireland’s first National Mitigation Plan outlined a crucial pathway to meet decarbonisation targets. The overall target for European Union for 2020, was reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. At the global level, there was a sharp decline in costs of solar photo-voltaic technology, which resulted in a significant interest in the European […]
With the shock news about the deep retrofit funding drying up, and then the complete reversal of the decision to end the scheme, Homeowners are increasingly worried about whether or not the Solar PV Pilot Grant and other grant schemes will be affected. Richard Bruton (Minister for Communications, climate action and environment) confirmed that the […]
After months of delay, the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) published its consultation on the design of a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) in Ireland to encourage sufficient levels of renewable energy and meet national and European Union (EU) targets.
Over the past decade, the island has embarked on radical reforms to deliver a power system that can operate with a penetration of 75% of non-synchronous generation (wind, HVDC interconnectors and solar) at any one time. This metric is called SNSP – system non-synchronous penetration level. A key step in achieving 75% is finalising the procurement approach for system (or ancillary) services, with major reforms recently consulted on. The result: a positive outlook for batteries.
Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels actually comprise many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells. (Photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity.) Many cells linked together make up a solar panel.