Solar energy firms look for subsidies to boost sector and create over 7,000 jobs

Solar energy firms look for subsidies to boost sector and create over 7,000 jobs

Solar energy firms are claiming that 7,300 high-value jobs could be created if the Government introduces subsidies in the sector.

The Irish Solar Energy Association is looking for the kind of investment already applied to other forms of energy such as wind, wave and peat.

The proposed subsidies would add 1% to domestic electricity bills, totalling around €25m a year.

The association has also warned that the State faces a "real challenge" to meet EU targets to generate 40% of electricity from renewables by 2020.

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