Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Renewable Energy - Wind, Solar and Biogas: Discussion

Mr. Michael McCarthy:

It is inevitable. We need a change of heart and a clear statement from ESB Networks in terms of an export tariff. We are not here today to complain. Rather, we are here to discuss the benefits of solar. The Chairman touched on the improvements and developments that have taken place over the past year or two. There has been more action over the past year or two than in the previous three or four years. If we are to meet the aspirations of the climate action plan, we need the organs of State to follow through. What Deputy Stanley mentioned is inevitable, but we want it to happen sooner rather than later.

In regard to the renewable electricity support scheme auctions, which will commence in June, we welcome that there is provision for a solar pot, but 10% of our overall capacity is only 300 MW. There is 1.7 GW of solar ready to deploy now.