The Irish government is facing fresh calls for clarity over a delayed solar energy subsidy scheme from the Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA), which claims thousands of acres of land are under contracts from developers awaiting news.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) launched a consultation on a Renewable Electricity Support Scheme and future REFIT tariffs in July 2015 and was expected to announce its policy decision in June 2016.

However following delays in the formation of a new government earlier this year and changes in personnel developing the scheme, this has been pushed back. A second consultation on the scheme is expected in the autumn, with a final announcement likely to come forward at the end of the calendar year.

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