A new Renewable Energy Strategy for South Tipperary was adopted at a recent council meeting (March 3rd). This strategy was prepared as a joint initiative by the Council and Tipperary Energy Agency. It will ensure that South Tipperary can take advantage of renewable energy opportunities thus creating local jobs and increasing the self-sufficiency of the county, while at the same time protecting the heritage and amenity of the area. Two rounds of detailed public consultation had taken place before the strategy was adopted.
Speaking at the meeting Cllr. Joe Brennan, Chairman of the Strategic Policy Committee for Planning and Strategic Development said “This strategy would future proof South Tipperary” and called for it to be implemented immediately.
The strategy allows for the meeting of national renewable energy targets at a local level through the combined efforts of the local authority, state agencies and private investors. It also supports planning policy and objectives to ensure that renewable energy development can be facilitated in an environmentally sustainable manner in the county.
Clare Lee, Executive Planner with South Tipperary County Council said, “Local authority elected members and officials actively engaged in the process to get the real facts behind renewable energy. Members and officials visited community and developer-led wind farms, biomass and hydro plants. They also learned about the use of photovoltaic solar panels and anaerobic digestion in the county”.
Paul Kenny, CEO of the Tipperary Energy Agency said “Nationally the approach that South Tipperary County Council has taken in terms of the development of this Renewable Energy Strategy has been widely recognised as best practice, securing a clear mandate to ensure proper plan-led and sustainable development in the county”.
You can read the full Renewable Energy Strategy here