Tipperary dairy farmers, John and Marguerite Ryan, were spending upwards of €500 a month on electricity alone.
Milking 130 cows twice daily, washing out milking machines and lighting the parlour were major drains on power on the family farm at Gortnahoe near Thurles.
“My father and I were at an energy expo in Kilkenny and in a moment of madness, I inquired about the system. Tom Foley from Solar Electric came to visit us at the farm and confirmed that our roof and electrical layout was ideal for a solar PV installation and battery storage solution. I hadn’t gone out that day to buy anything. But today, I’ve 36 Solar PV panels on the roof of the milking parlor and they’re working away all summer.