Last week saw Ireland’s first large-scale solar farm opening near Ashford, in County Wicklow. Millvale solar farm can produce 8MW of energy to the grid and will provide enough energy to power 3600 homes per year. This is the first significant addition of solar energy to the energy grid as part of the Climate Action Plan, in which the government has set a target of producing 2.5GW of solar energy by 2030. This lofty goal will be a difficult task to reach as it will require over 300MW of solar energy to be added to the grid every year for the next 8 years. The government has struggled to diversify Ireland’s fuel mix as Ireland has been heavily reliant on the onshore wind to produce the nation’s green energy. For many years now there have been numerous solar projects looking to become operational, awaiting government approval. Solar farmers will be hoping that the opening of Millvale will be the starting pistol that finally activates the solar energy sector in Ireland.