The cumulative battery storage capacity of Ireland has been rapidly increasing and reached 2100 MW capacity in the earlier months of 2020. The trend has the potential to reach 2500 MW at the end of the year if the situation with COVID-19 allows.
The total pipelined renewable projects are made up of a diverse range of projects, including renewables near to storage sites, stand-alone renewable projects (such as solar power plant or wind power plant), roof-mounted projects (such as rooftop solar).
All of these project types would need backup energy storage to supply sustainable and reliable energy for end-users.
Ireland Renewable Outlook
Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan is the document that has paved the way for renewable energy to decarbonize the country. Such a plan ratified for the first time in the country’s history in 2017. According to EnergyIreland, the document highlighted a sharp decline in costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) globally, with increased levels of solar and microgeneration technologies offering further contributions to Ireland’s renewable energy portfolio.
The Government’s recently announced Climate Action Plan and a budget of €3.7 million to support the installation of solar panels in rooftops. This is seen as a commitment by Irish government to the cultivation of domestic solar power.
it is generally accepted that the use of solar technology in Ireland is less efficient than, for example, in southern Europe, where solar penetration is stronger. Indeed, wind power has traditionally been the most cost-competitive renewable electricity technology in Ireland, accounting for 85% of Ireland’s renewable electricity and 30% of total electricity demand in 2018. Ireland ranked third worldwide for wind energy use, behind Denmark and Uruguay, in 2018.
solar projects in Ireland are deliberately entered to add diversity into the country’s energy mix over a 10-year period between 2020 and 2030.
Source:@ energyireland & @Solar_Edition
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