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We've Switched our Power - and you can too?

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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We have been working for years to support policy and legislation changes to enable people and communities take part in the energy transition.  And now, it's becoming real!  Our great friends and partners in the development of Ireland's first Community based Virtual Power Plant, Community Power have become a licenced supplier of electricity, and we've just switch our office electricity so we are buying electricity that is clean, renewable and owned by citizens and communities. And today, if you have a house, business or community enterprise, you can switch too!

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For The Love Of Solar! 2 Weeks To Go!

Posted on January 31, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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WIN SOLAR PANELS for your local school!

Young people all over Ireland calling for climate action while sitting in classrooms and learning in old buildings powered by fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth are building a movement behind solar power in Ireland, that’s why we are running a competition to put solar panels on schools

Enter Now!!

This competition is an excellent opportunity for communities to participate in renewable energy generation, and schools are the ideal place for valuable community-based education to occur. The competition will play an important role in encouraging communities to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.

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Renewable Electricity Public Consultation (RESS)

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

The Government is consulting with the public on the next renewable electricity support scheme - The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). Ireland can meet only about 30% of its electricity needs from renewables, so we really really need a new support scheme to allow more renewable electricity projects to get built. This scheme would support 3,330 GWhrs of renewable electricity onto the Irish market from onshore wind, solar, hydro, waste to energy, biomass CHP and biogas CHP.

The details of the scheme can be found here, and submissions are requested by email to ress@dccae.gov.ie by 5pm, 17th February. 

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Patagonia Match Giving

Posted on December 14, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Every €1 you donate will turn into €4 when it comes to us through Patagonia's Match Giving until December 31st!

We want to turn your quadrupled euros into clean, renewable energy, generated right from the roof of schools all over Ireland.

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Our Solar Schools project is putting solar panels on schools, to show that energy can and should be community powered. This is an exciting project, but it's only allowing us to do so much. Your donations matched by Patagonia mean we can go bigger and better to unlock renewables in Ireland.

This is an opportunity too good to miss. We can run Ireland on renewables, but we need this boost.

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Our schools are finally going solar!

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Upperchurch National School in Tipperary is the first Friends of the Earth Solar School. Panels were installed over the Halloween mid term break, and the school is now generating its own electricity right from its roof!!

We have four more to go in Dublin, Limerick, Mayo and the Aran Islands. We think every school should be a solar school by 2025, and we are lobbying hard at Government to support this.

And they are listening! Minister Murphy has committed to changing the planning regulations, so schools dont have to apply for planning permission which they do at the moment for even one solar panel AND the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland have disclosed they will be offering grants for solar panels for schools from next year.

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