Often, with potential new solar markets, there can be a lot of hype and uncertainty regarding precisely how much deployment to expect and the timelines for this new capacity to come online. Within Europe today, we see this dynamic at play within one of the most exciting new countries for solar, the Republic of Ireland.

With a new subsidy for solar expected to be announced later this year, a 3GW pipeline of projects has built up over the past six months alone. To understand this fully, it makes sense to look at the overall energy sector in Ireland and to identify the role that solar can play in helping to meet its electricity demand and renewable energy targets.

At the end of 2015, the generating capacity of Ireland was approximately 10GW, made up of around 20% renewables/non-dispatchable generation, with over half of the electricity coming from gas.

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