For the Love of ...Solar Schools
Please change the planning exemptions so that schools and community buildings can install solar panels, without the added expense of seeking planning permission. You are now 14 months delayed in introducing this simple change to the planning regulations, and it is having a stalling effect on all school and community solar installations.
We love Solar Power! It's clean, free and zero carbon, but in Ireland we have hardly any of it.
And the reason why has nothing to do with how much sun we get! It's because Ireland has unique rules that are designed to make installing solar panels REALLY hard. It is particularly hard for schools.
One of these rules is planning permission. Schools need planning permission to install even one solar panel. It's madness, and adds significant cost.
For years politicians have promised to change this. They even leaked a story to the papers in August 2020, that they had done it! But they haven't.
Today, the change is in the hands of Minister Peter Burke.
Please email your TD's today, and ask them to put pressues on Minister Burke and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and ask him to make good on the promise of many before him, for the Love of Solar.
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