Highfield Energy are delighted that three of our Solar PV projects have been included in the list of provisional winners of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) Auction published on 4 August 2020.
The projects included on the provisional list are:
- Rosspile Solar Farm, Co. Wexford – 95 MWac
- Gillinstown Solar Farm, Co. Meath – 95 MWac
- Templerainey East Solar Farm, Co. Wicklow – 4 MWac
Rosspile Solar Farm and Gillinstown Solar Farm are two of the largest Solar PV projects to be included in the provisional list of winners. These projects will offset the output of approximately 60,000 t CO2 and 55,000 t CO2 respectively which will contribute towards Ireland’s 2030 CO2 reduction targets.
Achieving this level of success in Ireland’s first competitive auction for renewable electricity is a major milestone for Highfield Energy and underlines the ability of our team to identify and deliver innovative renewable electricity projects.
This result comes after 6 years of hard work, investment and commitment to the Irish renewable electricity sector by Highfield Energy and our project partners. We are particularly pleased for the landowners involved in the projects, they have remained patient throughout the development process and it is great that they will now be rewarded and witness the delivery of these projects.
A significant feature of the RESS Auction is the focus on community participation. Highfield Energy look forward to the establishment of the national community benefits register and the accompanying Good Practice Principles Handbook. This will lead to the creation of community benefit funds that will allow these three projects to distribute a combined figure of approximately €375,000 per annum to their neighbouring communities during the term of the RESS support.