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The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU), which determines the policy framework for new connections to the electricity network, has decided that planning permission must be granted to qualify for new connection offers and has also removed the option to relocate grid capacity.

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IFA Renewables Chairman James Murphy has welcomed the recent publication by Energy Minister Denis Naughten of a consultation paper for a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), which aims to increase community participation in energy production and allow rural communities to play their part in reducing Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has restated his call on landowners approached by solar development companies to think long and hard before advancing negotiations or signing further contracts.

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Speculative prospecting by solar energy development companies across Ireland is being fuelled by Government inaction, IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has said.

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The Government must provide more certainty on solar energy so that its potential to assist in meeting emissions targets and in improving farm incomes can be realised, IFA President Joe Healy said today at an IFA seminar in Portlaoise.

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