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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said that Ireland’s climate focus on improving efficiency in the agriculture sector dovetails with key proposals contained in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report published today.

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Speaking at Energy in Agriculture 2018 in Gurteen College today, IFA President Joe Healy said it’s time for an implementation plan to convert the recent announcements on renewable energy into tangible action.

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IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short, while welcoming the announcement by Minister Naughten of the pilot Domestic Solar PV Grant Scheme along with last week’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) as initial first steps, said that it is critical that properly funded schemes are put in place as a matter of urgency to support the development of farm scale community-based renewable energy projects that include commercial rooftop solar panels.

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IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short, while welcoming the announcement by Minister Naughten of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme said that the scheme does little to cater for the development of farm scale community-based projects.

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IFA Renewables Chairman Tom Short has welcomed the clear statement from Energy Minister Denis Naughten at the Energy Ireland 2018 conference today, that community ownership will be a key principle of the new renewable electricity support scheme to be announced in the coming months.

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