Solar and Storage comes to Ireland

Ireland isn't known for its sunshine, yet is able to support a new wave of solar and storage projects.

Ireland has announced a number of renewable energy projects as the country embraces renewables in an attempt to meet the EU’s binding targets for Member States to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2020.

Declan Cullinane recently joined BayWa r.e. as a country manager for Ireland to lead business development in solar, wind, and storage.

In Solar power portal, Alice Grundy writes

Ireland has seen a handful of project announcements recently, with activity in the country ramping up. The first round of Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) is set to kick-off next year, with the potential for up to 300GWh – around 300MW – of solar to be contracted.

Earlier this month, Shannon Energy announced plans to develop 500MW of solar in Ireland over five years in a joint venture with Danish renewables investor and developer Obton Energy.

Norway’s state-owned power giant Statkraft is also looking at Ireland, entering the solar market with the acquisition of a 320MW portfolio of utility-scale assets.

Storage deployment in Ireland is also accelerating in preparation for participation in the DS3 flexibility market. Gore Street and Statkraft are among those with DS3 contracts, with Statkraft’s 11MW project lauded as the first completed utility-scale battery in Ireland. Meanwhile, innogy annnounced it is to enter the Irish battery storage market with a 60MW install.

Meanwhile, Innogy will invest in constructing a 60MW utility-scale battery in Co. Monaghan to support the grid, when it becomes operational in 2021.

Renews reports

Grid batteries can respond in less than 150 milliseconds to frequency changes, importing or exporting electricity from the grid as needed. This helps to even out the fluctuating feed-in from renewable energy plants, as well as stabilise the grid and guarantee a reliable electricity supply.

Learn about Taylor Hopkinson’s storage services.

Image credit – Unsplash.

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