Benefits of Solar Energy

Ireland is now on a path of decarbonisation and the energy that we are using is switching from fossil fuels to renewables. Solar power is a clean, abundant source of energy and has many benefits.

The following table outlines some of the areas where this proposal can deliver real and significant local and national opportunities.

LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES NATIONAL BENEFITS
Supports local biodiversity and wildlife Energy security

Annual Community Benefit Fund of circa €150k for the local area supporting:

  • Home energy efficiency schemes
  • Environmental projects
  • Social initiatives
Green power for Irish homes
Carbon reduction
Climate action being delivered
Job creation Reduced reliance on fossil fuel
Improvements to local facilities Improved air quality
Support local education Rates Local Authorities and taxes
Support a sustainable local community Affordable electricity - from a sustainable resource

Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS)

All RESS projects require a Community Benefit Fund and guidance to how this will be administered was developed by the Department of Environment Climate & Communications. The new guidance is centred around community decision-making, so decisions on what will be funded will rest with the local community in the form of a specially formed committee. 

The fund can potentially include allocations for: not-for-profit community enterprises aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals; administration fees; and other initiatives proposed by clubs and societies and other not-for-profit enterprises. 

The Community Benefit Fund is a great opportunity for local people to fund energy efficiency works in their homes, contributing to lower energy costs. This will facilitate positive change and help people transition to low-carbon technologies which, ultimately, is better for our quality of life, our pockets, and the environment. 

Where developed under RESS, Mill Farm Solar, as proposed, will bring with it funding of more than €160,000 per annum, or a total fund of c.€2.5 million throughout the lifetime of the RESS contract. 

Future energy

A solar farm will produce clean renewable energy for future generations. Local energy production improves energy security.

Business rates

Solar farms pay rates to the local authorities, thereby contributing to the funding of vital public services.

Jobs

We encourage any local supplier that can play a part in the construction or operation of this solar farm to get in touch.

Community benefits

The Irish Government requires that all renewable projects that are developed over the coming years invest a community benefit fund into the local area, which will bring significant opportunities for local communities.

Air quality

Decarbonising our electricity system and moving away from fossil fuels allows us to deliver on climate action, and in doing so improves our air quality.

Supporting biodiversity

For every solar farm we build, there is potential to improve the environment and increase habitat diversity through a number of measures. For more information please visit our Security & Sustainability page.

We would be very interested in hearing what ideas you have on how this solar project could deliver the most benefit to you and your local area.