UK-based renewable energy advisor Dulas has been contracted to provide detailed design services for a number of major ground mount solar developers in Ireland.
The contracts bring the total design portfolio to 125MW for the second half of this year, with plans to increase to 150MW next year.
The plans created by Dulas are said to enable the solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be ready for construction and allow the developers to easily move between phases after securing planning approval.
Dulas' principal consultant Michael Phillips said: “We’re seeing ever-increasing demand for our design and technical services in Ireland and our current and burgeoning client base is a reflection of that.
“The developers in question commissioned Dulas to undertake this design work based on our expertise in solar PV, and our detailed design offering will allow them to hit the ground running and begin construction as soon as planning permission has been secured.”
Dulas offers its clients a wide range of procurement options on panels, mounting systems, inverters, and other equipment prior to construction.
Currently, Ireland is lagging behind other European nations in terms of installed solar capacity. The country currently uses only 9% of renewable energy and less than 1% (10MW) coming from solar projects.
The country intends to meet the renewable energy targets in Europe and source 16% of its total energy from renewables by 2020 and 27% by 2030.