She says it will open doors in an area where schools in particular are struggling.
A Westmeath councillor is aiming to change an anomaly in Ireland's planning legislation.
Currently, schools and community buildings have to apply for planning permission to install solar panels, a measure which isn't required for residential and commercial properties.
The Green Party's Hazel Smyth says the policy is a major deterrent to green initiatives in these settings.
She says amending it will open doors in an area where schools in particular are struggling: