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Why Solar Energy is the Future: A Comprehensive Overview

In our inaugural post, we’re diving into why solar energy is poised to be the future of power generation. As the world moves towards more sustainable solutions, solar energy stands out for several compelling reasons.

  1. Solar Growth in Ireland

Solar energy has become the fastest-growing renewable power source in Ireland. The country has seen a substantial increase in solar installations, with over 680 MW of installed capacity as of 2023. This rapid growth highlights the increasing adoption of solar technology across the nation.

  1. Government Targets and Support

The Irish government has set ambitious targets for solar energy. They aim to increase the solar PV target from 1.5-2.5 GW by 2030 to 5 GW by 2025 and 8 GW by 2030. Such targets are supported by initiatives like the removal of VAT on solar panels and grant availability, driving the rapid growth of the sector.

  1. Utility-Scale and Rooftop Solar Projects

Utility-scale solar projects have been gaining momentum, with 349 MW of utility-scale solar (>5 MW) connected to the grid as of 2023. However, there is a need to accelerate projects in the 1-5 MW range, which currently generate only 22 MW. On the other hand, rooftop solar installations are also increasing rapidly, with over 60,000 homes equipped with solar panels and an estimated 500 domestic connections per day.

  1. Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS)

The RESS auctions have been instrumental in driving the growth of solar energy in Ireland. The first RESS auction saw the connection of the first grid-scale solar project in 2022. These auctions continue to play a crucial role in supporting the development of renewable energy projects across the country.

  1. Environmental and Economic Benefits

Solar energy is a clean and renewable resource that significantly reduces carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. Financially, solar panels provide significant savings for households, with studies suggesting that a quarter of all the electricity needed by Irish households could be produced by domestic rooftop installations. Additionally, the decreasing cost of solar technology makes it an increasingly viable option for many.

  1. Job Creation

The solar industry is expected to create numerous jobs across various sectors, including trades and business, as Ireland transitions to a more sustainable energy mix. This growth in employment opportunities is a positive side effect of the expanding solar market.

  1. Addressing Challenges

Despite the progress, challenges remain. Delays in the planning process, the need for upgrading the electricity network, and the requirement for investment in storage technology are hurdles that need addressing. However, continued government support and technological advancements are paving the way for overcoming these obstacles.


Solar energy is not just a trend; it’s a transformative force in the energy sector. With its environmental benefits, economic advantages, and strong government support, solar power is well-positioned to lead us into a sustainable future. Stay tuned to for more insights and updates on the exciting world of solar energy.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Let’s harness the power of the sun together!

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