We were delighted to see Community Power featured in an informative article in the Irish Times written by Kevin O Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor. The article covered the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme, the terms and conditions of which were published by the Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1) is an auction-based scheme which invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate.
You can read the full article in The Irish Times by clicking on the link below:
Applications open for community wind and solar farms – The Irish Times
RESS-1 will provide a pathway for community projects through the community preference category and a mandatory Community Benefit Fund for all projects successful in the auction. Together, these aspects of the scheme provide a major boost to communities in contributing to Ireland’s renewable energy and climate goals. The community preference category in the RESS 1 auction is an innovative and ground-breaking measure to provide greater financial support to communities investing in renewable projects. This delivers a powerful signal that supports and enables community investment.
Upcoming Event – Energy Democracy and Community Power
Community-owned energy projects have the potential to transform our energy system. Communities and cooperatives all over Europe are creating projects where they own and are actively involved in running an energy resource. Join us at this event on March 24th at 7pm in Nenagh Arts Centre to hear information from those who are doing this on-the-ground work in Ireland, as well as analysis of the problems with Ireland’s current energy model.