Farmers can now install rooftop solar panels on their farm with Electric Ireland, with the energy provider launching a new solar energy offering for farmers.
The solar PV technology can help farms to reduce electricity bills, reduce their carbon footprint and increase the energy efficiency of operations on the farm.
Electric Ireland’s solar PV installations can help power energy-intensive operations on farms, such as milking parlours, with 100% renewable energy.
Farmers can also avail of diverters to heat water on-site using solar energy and install a battery storage system to ensure no renewable energy is wasted.
The solar PV rooftop installations are available for farms of all sizes, ranging from 6kWp up to 50kWp.
For farmers who opt to include storage, Electric Ireland will install German-made Sonnen batteries. Farms will also benefit from an accompanying solar energy monitoring app which provides real-time stats on their energy use.
Executive director with Electric Ireland Marguerite Sayers said the new offering will deliver energy and cost savings to farms of all sizes, while also helping to reduce their carbon footprint with 100% clean renewable energy.
“We know our customers are looking to make sustainable choices and they want their energy provider to help them through innovative solutions.
"Electric Ireland is the only supplier in the market offering an interest-free payment plan. We want to help farms realise the value of this technology and to improve their sustainability and energy efficiency,” she said.
Pat Maher from Tullaroan in Kilkenny, one of the first farmers to take use the new solar panel offering, said: “Having the solar panels installed has helped me manage my energy usage effectively and switch to using green energy.
“The panels, which sit above a shed on my farm, were installed quickly and easily. I’ve also been able to track energy usage with the energy monitoring app, which has been a great asset,” he said.