RESS 1 is the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme by the Government of Ireland and is a pivotal component of the Government’s Climate Action Plan to achieve an ambitious 70% renewable electricity target by 2030. RESS 1 uses a competitive auction process to determine which generators receive support. For projects that are successful in the RESS 1 Auction, this support typically applies for approximately 15 years allowing rapid deployment of onshore wind and solar projects at scale and at least cost, replacing fossil fuels on our energy grid.
A total of 2,237GWh of projects (Onshore wind: 479MW and Solar: 796MW) have been identified as provisional winners which equates to a potential saving of approximately 671kt of CO2 per year or 10% of the amount required to meet the 2030 targets. For the RED WoLF project this means that there will be increasing amount of renewable electricity available from the grid which each home can store in their battery or storage heaters for use during high CO2 electricity generation periods.