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 […]
Fantasic News from the Credit Union Solutions Centre In a move that will be very welcome to the Irish public, twenty credit unions across the country will soon be rolling out funding to help homeowners massively improve their energy efficiency. The Pro Energy Homes Scheme (PEHS) will offer loans of an average €10,000 with the […]
The news every farmer with high electrical consumption wanted to hear has finally arrived. TAMS II is now open to rooftop and ground mounted SOLAR PV. This news has come at a fantastic time as we are now seeing a break in the weather and Irish farmers are eager to see this technology in action. […]
We knew it ourselves but now its official! Solarwatt panels are still the most reliable panels and they have the awards to prove it. The renowned market and economic research company EuPD Research has once again named the Dresden-based premium supplier of PV systems as the top brand in photovoltaics. According to the survey, German installers rate […]
Our calls have finally been answered! Denis Naughten has given the go ahead for Ireland to see its first residential PV Support scheme to see a trail run starting this summer. This news was announced at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2018. Naughten stressed that the grant aided pilot scheme for solar PV microgeneration will […]
With a lack of an association to lobby for the micro solar PV sector, it is hard for our opinions to be heard. Recent feedback from the SEAI stated that the micro-generation sector needed a united voice. This could be a concise platform to input the development of policy around renewable energy supplies and, in […]
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.