ECP 2.4 winners get 4.2GW

PFI 761 - 31 Jan - 13 Feb
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Orsted, Harmony Solar, EDF and Low Carbon are among 4.2GW of hybrid, power and renewables capacity initially picked to receive grid offers under Ireland’s enduring connection policy (ECP) 2.4 process held in late 2023. Ireland’s network operator EirGrid Group’s initially successful applicants include 1.25GW of solar, 250MW of wind, 850MW of battery and 71MW of gas-powered capacity.

Hybrid projects feature heavily and include 374MW of open-cycle gas turbines hybridised with 75MW of battery capacity, 206MW of wind with 110MW of battery, 406MW of solar with 452MW of battery, and 200MW of synchronous condenser capacity. Synchronous condensers help ensure grid stability and improve integration of renewables.

ESB Networks recently published the list, which shows a total 62 projects earmarked for the connections. Other sponsors on the list include Amarenco Solar, Abo Wind, Soleire Renewables, Energia Solar, SSE Renewables, Fastnet Energy Storage, Highfield Storage, BNRG, and ESB. Projects being offered a grid connection under the ECP programme is a key step for sponsors wishing to enter their developments into the country’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auctions.