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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 2°C

# Solar Energy

This year
VAT rate on supply and installation of solar panels to be abolished
The move is expected to be signed off by the Government this week.
All time
Poll: Would you get solar panels for your home?
Solar panels can be used to generate electricity or hot water.
Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution
We examine the key roadblocks that have limited small-scale solar power and if enough is now being done to hit impending EU targets.
Large-scale solar farms are coming to Ireland as plans for over 20 projects unveiled
Work on the farms, to be built in the south and east of the country, will start in 2018.
Poll: Should Ireland subsidise solar energy companies to develop here?
Ireland needs to meet EU renewable energy targets – with the prospect of serious financial penalties slapped on us if we don’t make them.
Apple is spending €750 million on one of the biggest solar energy farms in the world
The world’s most valuable company is determined to ‘make the world better than we found it’
Column: The UK is exploring its shale gas future, we should do the same
Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue – but the Irish government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration, writes Aaron McKenna.
These islands are first to be powered by solar energy alone
Tokelau islands in the Pacific have population of 1,500 and were using 2,000 barrels of diesel a year to power generators.
China: Factory shuts after hundreds protest over pollution
Hundreds of villagers staged demonstrations against a solar panel company in eastern China, saying that its factory was polluting the local environment.
13-year-old makes solar power breakthrough
The New York teenager made the discovery after being inspired by the patterns that tree branches are laid out in.
Irish company gets €4m for solar energy project