Five hundred and nineteen commercial solar farms have sought renewable energy (RE) connections on to the Irish grid in the 20 months to August 2016; the total size in MegaWatt (MW) of these commercial solar farms is 3,952MW, circa 4 GigaWatt(GW), covering approximately 20,000 acres, representing an average of 7.6MW/38 acres per commercial solar farm.

Commercial solar farm activity is advancing rapidly in Ireland, with UK and EU developers along with the semi-states recently more active on the ground. The ESB’s head of regulation and strategy Peter O’Shea has called for no subsidy support for solar farms due to ongoing solar panel cost reductions.