Planning exemptions for rooftop solar panels in Louth proposed
The Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Peter Burke, TD, has today published proposed revisions to the existing planning exemptions for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of houses and certain non-domestic buildings in Louth and elsewhere in the country.
A public consultation as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment process is now open and will run until 13 July. The proposed changes are aimed at increasing Ireland’s generation of solar energy and national action on climate change. Under the draft regulations the following is proposed:
See here for information on the public consultation process
Commenting on the draft regulations, Minister Burke T.D said: “These draft regulations will help facilitate the rollout of rooftop solar energy across Louth. They will enable individuals, communities, businesses and farms in the county to play their part in creating a future fuelled by renewable energy and acting against climate change. They will help people and businesses in Louth to reduce their energy bills and increase Ireland’s energy security, a major challenge given developments in Europe and the need to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels.”
He continued, “houses, regardless of location, will soon be able to install solar panels on their roofs without any requirement for planning permission, which I know will be very welcome to many homeowners. Draft proposals for community/educational/ religious buildings will also give institutions in Louth such as schools a greater opportunity to reduce their energy bills. By proposing these increased exemptions we are bringing exemptions into line with our renewables ambitions and helping people in Louth to play their part in climate action and to reduce their energy bills."
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