Energy and Rural Business Show preview: showcasing growing opportunities for on-farm renewables

Ireland has committed to producing at least 16% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and the next Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is said to be fully aligned with the need to prioritise climate action. Farmers looking to benefit from green initiatives are being urged to attend Energy and Rural Business Show, taking place at Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on 23 and 24 October 2019.

This year the show is boosting its offering by including both Energy Now Expo and Rural Business Expo, so farmers can hear from experts on diversification and the growing opportunities and grants available for on-farm renewables. Continue reading “Energy and Rural Business Show preview: showcasing growing opportunities for on-farm renewables”

Win a €250 One4All Voucher: take our survey! Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies Survey – Transition to Biogas

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our survey.

And a special congratulations to Lara F. the winner of €250 One4All Voucher!

In case you missed the survey, but still want to participate, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJ7LL5T

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3CEA invite you to take a survey on Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies.

This survey is targeted at large industry networks & large energy users.

3CEA are currently involved with Interreg North West Europe Renewable Energy Regions project in partnership with 9 other partners (7 NWE countries) including our local partners Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Ormonde Upgrading Limited (OUL).]

Every fully completed survey will be in with a chance to win a €250 One4All Voucher. Continue reading “Win a €250 One4All Voucher: take our survey! Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies Survey – Transition to Biogas”

IRBEA Tour of Biomass Processing and Heating Facilities in the South East

The Irish Bioenergy Energy Association (IRBEA) invites you to a morning tour of biomass processing and heating facilities in Wexford, it will include visits to industrial and commercial biomass clients.  Participants will be taken from Kilmokea Country House in Wexford and brought to 3 sites of interest followed by lunch and two 20 minute seminars. There are limited spaces available so book early.

Date and Time: Wed 26 September 2018,   09:00 – 15:30
LocationKilmokea Country House, Great Island, Campile, Wexford (Map)

IrBEA Members: €60
Non-Members: €100
Tea, coffee and lunch is included.
REGISTER HERE 

Continue reading “IRBEA Tour of Biomass Processing and Heating Facilities in the South East”

Government launches domestic solar power grant for homeowners

Save money on energy bills.

The Government has launched a new grant scheme encouraging homeowners to install solar power generators.

The pilot scheme offers grants for the installation of solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage systems. SEAI grant offers homeowners up to €3,800 to support the installation of Solar PV panels and battery energy storage systems. This will reduce the electricity a homeowner currently purchases from a supplier and can save you around €220 a year in electricity costs by taking advantage of the scheme.  Continue reading “Government launches domestic solar power grant for homeowners”

3CEA helped generate renewable energy on O’Shea Farms by delivering on a targeted energy saving project – O’Shea Farms are now providing Aldi with €70 million worth of Irish-grown potatoes.

O’Shea Farms is a family run business, they supply fresh vegetable produce to supermarkets across the country resulting in a year round electricity demand for refrigerated cold storage and grading equipment at their site. O’Shea Farms engaged with 3CEA back in 2015 to develop the renewable energy project at their site and installed the largest Solar PV system (250kWp) under the BEC programme run by Kilkenny County Council under their Sustainable Energy Action Plan. Continue reading “3CEA helped generate renewable energy on O’Shea Farms by delivering on a targeted energy saving project – O’Shea Farms are now providing Aldi with €70 million worth of Irish-grown potatoes.”

Largest PV Installation

Largest PV Installation in the Republic of Ireland O'Sheas_BEC

Exciting news this week in County Kilkenny, the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (CKEA), O’Shea Farms in Piltown and Solar Electric are working on installing the largest Solar PV installation in the Republic of Ireland. O’Shea Farms have a year round electricity demand from refrigerated cold storage. They supply fresh produce to supermarkets across the country all year around. They plan to meet this base load demand with the installation of 250kWp, covering 1,569m² of roof area on and meeting 11% of the total site electricity demand. This project will set O’Shea Farms as the leaders in solar power generation in the Ireland. Jane Wickham, Paddy Phelan and Nigel Kwenda of the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency are working closely with O’Shea Farms on the project management of this installation. The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency was successful in applying for 20% grant for the capital cost of the project through the Better Energy Communities from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The project received a lot of interest from multinational companies when Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency put it out to tender in early August. The contract was awarded to Solar Electric Ireland Limited from Co. Wexford. O’Shea Farms are currently in the construction phase of the project. Solar Electric Ireland have already delivered an order of 160kW worth of solar panels onsite and construction is to start this Thursday 1st October. The installation and commissioning of the project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2015.

The main advantages of onsite solar power generation at O’Shea Farms are as follows;

  • Solar energy coincides with energy needs for cooling during the summer months. Therefore, a Solar PV System can provide an effective solution to supply energy during peak demands especially in hot summer months where energy demand is high.
  • Solar power generation is carbon neutral hence; it will firmly ground O’Shea Farms’ sustainable practice credentials.
  • Solar power generation does not require a primary energy source attributed with conventional power generation methods. Therefore, it reduces O’Shea Farms’ exposure to fluctuating energy prices.
  • Solar power generation requires little to no operational and maintenance costs compared to other renewable energy technologies.
  • On completion the 250kWp installation will be Ireland’s largest single Solar PV installation setting O’Shea farms as leaders in solar power generation in Ireland.

 

Home Solar PV Installation

Steps to installing a home Solar PV lighting project

The brief for this task was simple the installation of two lanterns, with energy efficiency lighting powered by an off grid solution. The proposal was to install LED lighting linked to a Solar PV panel. The following outlines the steps taken to install the homemade solar PV lighting.

  1. The two lanterns were refurbished by cleaning and painting and installing opaque glass

Lantern

Figure 1: Lanterns re painted before glazing installed

  1. Decide on site for solar panel (site requires adequate daylight)
  2. Order list – (amazon etc., camping supplier etc.)
    1. 20W Solar PV Panel
    2. 5 m Strip of LED lighting (Warm white or cool white)
    3. 12V Batteries (Depends on the load)
    4. 12V Photocell
    5. Solar Controller (this controls the PV, Lighting and Batteries)
    6. Cable (Depends on location the lighting)
    7. Connectors
    8. IP rated storage box
    9. Stand and storage area (This can be made with wood or metal)
  3. The LED strip was wrapped around a 10mm pipe with a connector placed at the end creating the LED luminaire
  4. The 4 batteries (item c) were linked in series and connected to the Solar PV (item1) and the Solar Controller (item 5)
  5. The cables linking both lanterns to the PV panel were connected to the PV system located in the garden
  6. The LED lights were then installed in the lanterns
  7. The lanterns were then installed on the existing cast iron pillars

Lantern Installed

Figure 2: Lanterns installed on top of existing cast iron poles

The PV panel was installed on the stand this was then connected to the battery box underneath. The battery box contains the photocell on the outside with the batteries and solar controller located in the box.

PV Panel

Figure 3: PV Panel and stand – Photocell – PV Controller & Battery box

The photocell allows the lights to switch on at night. This can also be achieved using a timer or the PV as a photocell.

Night

Figure 4: Solar powered lanterns at night

 

Public Consultations – September 2015

Public ConsultationThe Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency will be submitting their answer to the following public consultations in the next couple of weeks. We would like to encourage your participation so please contact us with any ideas you would like to bring forward. These public consultations will help shape future renewable energy schemes, so it is important to participate to ensure we can have an impact in future legislation.

You can contact Jane Wickham at: jwickham@ckea.ie or by phone to: 056 779 08 56 

Below you can see the documentation and questions by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources:

Renewable Electricity Support Scheme Consultation

 

The initial consultation on potential future supports for renewable electricity is seeking views on the available technologies, their cost effectiveness and the level of support required.  It also seeks views on some of the high level design aspects for a support scheme.

 

 

 

 

The consultation is open until 11 September 2015.

Renewable Heat Incentive – Technology Review Consultation

​The initial consultation on potential future supports for renewable heat is seeking views on the available technologies, their cost effectiveness and the level of support required.  It also seeks views on some of the high level design aspects for a support scheme.

Renewable-Heat-Incentive-Technology-Review-Consultation1.pdf (238 downloads)

The consultation is open until 11 September 2015.

Global Wind Day 2015 in Ireland

It’s that time again! Global Wind Day 2015 is taking place on Monday 15th June, with events taking place here in Ireland, across Europe and around the globe. Global Wind Day is coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) to raise awareness of wind energy and its potential.

Map of Ireland with participating counties

Last year was a great success with over 1,000 people, young and old visiting Irish wind farms. This year again will see wind farms across Ireland and Northern Ireland hosting an array of events to celebrate renewable wind energy.

The dates and activities vary, with some wind farms hosting public wind farm open-days and talks so that families can learn about wind energy and see turbines in operation, while others are hosting special events including community walks and runs, and some more still are inviting schools for fun, games and facts on wind.

Ballymartin Wind Farm, Co. Kilkenny.

Opening date & time: Thursday 18th June between 6pm and 8pm.
What’s happening: Opportunity for the community to visit the wind farm. Brookfield Renewables staff will be on hand to explain how the turbines work and how clean, renewable energy is generated. Children welcome.
Description: Community Open Day.
Organiser: Brookfield Renewable Ireland
Meeting place: Bus will be departing at 6.15pm from Mullinavat GAA Club Car Park and must be used for access as individual parking is unavailable.
Who’s the contact:  Please email Marie Moloney on marie.moloney@brookfield.com

Call For A Clear Energy Strategy

The most recent projections from the EPA indicate that Ireland could miss emission reduction targets by as much as 11%.  However, agriculture can play a significant role in achieving further emission reductions and delivering renewable energy obligations.  This can only happen with the introduction of a clear bioenergy and renewable’s strategy from Government.

This must include improved REFIT tariffs, the development of end-use markets for renewable crops and the co-ordination of activity between state agencies to ensure renewable energy obligations are delivered, emissions are reduced and job creation is supported in rural areas.

The greenhouse gasses attributed to the agricultural sector should be more accurately reported by fully recognizing the mitigation potential of carbon sinks from forestry, bioenergy, grasslands and aquaculture.  These sinks are an important in significantly reducing emissions from the sector.

Harold Kingston

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman