At Friends of the Earth, our project ‘for the love of solar’ is designed to help schools all over Ireland go solar.
We think every school, community building, sports club and local authority should go solar, to generate clean renewable energy right from their rooftops.
We know that is not happening yet in Ireland. And you might be surprised to know the reasons it is not happening has nothing to do with the sun and everything to do with Government.
The rules requiring planning permission for even one solar panel on a school, and the fact that small renewable generators, like schools, have no right to sell any extra power they generate makes the economics of an investment in solar really really hard.
We are trying to change these rules, and give power to the people, and students of Ireland to take part in this essential transition of our energy system away from dirty climate polluting fossil fuels, towards clean renewable energy.
We find the knowledge and enthusiasm of our young people to take action on climate change inspiring. We hope you do to. Join us. For the love of solar.
Can you take 2 mins to email your TD to make sure supporting small renewable generation is on their agenda? We know the Department already fully supports this, and have already drafted the proposed legislation. It is just a matter of political will to put it on the agenda and make it happen. Sadly Eoghan Murphy just didn't.