CEO, Irish Solar Energy Association
Michael McCarthy is the Irish Solar Energy Association’s first Chief Executive. He was previously an elected member of Cork County Council from 1999 to 2003. He then was elected to Seanad Eireann, where he was appointed as the Labour spokesman for environment (2002-2007) and for social protection (2007-2011). In 2011, Michael was elected to Dàil Eireann as a member of the constituency of Cork South-West. During this time, he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment by then Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. He played a key role in the 2013 report of the Outline Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which resulted in the Climate Change and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. Michael is excited to be leading ISEA and working to make solar PV a key part of Ireland’s renewable energy mix that will enable Ireland to transition to a low carbon society with a diverse energy supply.