Providing roof-top solar panels in schools would enable communities to see tangible benefits and the resulting long-term energy savings should go directly to the schools, a conference in Dublin heard. File photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The benefits of solar energy need to be seen in communities or else there is a risk that large projects will face opposition similar to that encounter(...)

Cara Konig-Brock, owner of Beaulieu House in Drogheda, Co Louth. The solar farm will combine “modern technology with a very traditional place, almost in a time warp”. Photograph: Garrett White

Many of Ireland’s country estate houses have been repurposed as wedding venues, but at the 17th-century Beaulieu House in Co Louth there’s a different(...)

The Government’s slow take-up of green energy technology and its inability to curb emissions means the State is now almost certain to breach both its 2020 targets for emissions and renewables, making us something of a climate refusnik.

The Government’s engagement with the solar energy lobby here might generously be described as half-hearted; in reality it has been non-existent. Year(...)

Fergus Wheatley (left), MD, SmartPower and Dan O’Connor, manager, Charlestown Shopping Centre. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

“Commercial buildings can make big savings when it comes to energy and the payback time on your investment can be as little as six months.” So says F(...)

 David Maguire, chairman of the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) and ISEA member Peter Duff with Charlotte Maguire (age 7), from Dublin

Solar power could create up to 7,300 jobs while meeting 7 per cent of electricity demand, according to report published by the industry on Tuesday. T(...)