High grid connection costs resulted in a solar strike price in Ireland’s first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction “significantly higher than anywhere else in Europe” according to the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA). The overall strike price – €74.08/MWh (£66.90/MWh) – came in at over double the sorts of prices seen in the UK’s Contracts for Difference scheme, the most recent of which saw prices run as low as £39.65/MWh. For solar specifically in the RESS, the strike price was €72.92/MWh (£65.78/MWh). Speaking to Solar Power Portal, chairman of the Irish Solar Energy Association David Maguire said that there was a combination of reasons why the strike price was the highest in Europe, the first of which being that Ireland also has the “highest grid interconnection costs in Europe on average”.
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