Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency are currently working with Pig and Poultry farmers under the Tams2 Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme. The scheme is currently open to all farmers who meet the eligibility criteria, offering a standard rate of 40% on investment up to a maximum €80,000.
Areas of investment eligible include:
- Energy Efficient Boilers
- Energy Efficient upgrade for farrow house
- Heat Pumps
- Solar Panels
- Water Panels
In 2014, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, conducted an audit, on a Pig farm in County Kilkenny. The purpose of the audit was to explore opportunities for reducing energy consumption and costs associated with energy consumption. CKEA applied for funding for this project under the Better Energy Community (BEC) scheme which gave 35% grant aid on the project outlay. The areas that the farmer implemented included an invertor upgrades on the motor at grain milling silos and lighting upgrades. The total savings from the electrical update amounted to a 7.5% reduction in the overall energy bill. The energy bill was calculated at the total cost of Electricity and Kerosene use. In 2015, the farmer is upgrading his heating system to replace oil with a heat pump. The expected savings from the installation of the Heat pump are 8% reduction on total energy use.
CKEA can conduct an energy audit and make recommendations on any areas that will meet the criteria under the Tams 2 scheme. All applications must be made online by and can be carried out by Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency and processed on behalf on the applicant farmer. Applications can be made under agfood.ie by registered users of the Department of Agriculture’s website. Scheme details for TAMS II and specifications for buildings are available on the Department’s website.
The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency aims to reduce kilowatt hours and CO2 emissions while increasing Euros saved and improving sustainability for all our clients.