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All Government Climate Action Plan

Solar Electric are pleased to see the commitment of this government to the Climate Action Plan.

The SEAI pilot grant for Solar PV is working well for homeowners. More than 500 have signed up for the scheme that is designed to support self-consumption by paying up to €3800 for Solar + Storage installations.

The commitment in the Climate Action Plan to a “feed in tariff” where customers are paid for export at a rate equivalent to the wholesale price or better is very welcome. Customers will no longer concern themselves with summer time “spill” on to the grid. More systems will be built up to the 6 kWp – 20 module – maximum.

If a “feed in tariff” could be extended to schools, where 5 day a week usage and summer closures mean Solar PV is not yet viable, that would be a real step forward. Schools could benefit from an income stream for the exported electricity and pupils would see renewable energy in action.

Rapid growth in the electric car market will drive forward Solar PV sales. Owners wishing to travel CO2 free kilometres will install Solar PV together with home chargers.

The commitment to heat pumps is more good news. Heat pumps can add 4000 kWh to household electricity consumption and this is best offset with a Solar PV installation.

Climate Action Plan

NEW SEAI LIST PUBLISHED INCLUDING SOLAR ELECTRIC

After some challenges meeting the SEAI requirements Solar Electric is now up and running on the system.

We look forward to helping clients get €1400 – €3800 back from SEAI for grant approved projects.

SEAI Installer List

Solar Electric have applied to be on the approved installer list.

We received positive news from them on 25th July.

We are expecting SEAI to update the list on the website shortly. We do fully expect to be in a position to carry out grant aided projects.

Energy in Agriculture 2018 – 21st August

We have supported this show since the beginning. This year it will be bigger than ever with more information for farmers on how to save and generate power and cut down greenhouse gas emissions.

https://energyinagriculture.ie/

We will be launching the Eco 9 battery from sonnen and explaining how it works for a Tipperary Dairy Farmer.

 

Solar Electric leaders in PV for Agriculture

We are taking the opportunity to attend http://energyinagriculture.ie/ August 22nd in Tipperary.

We can tell all about our recent successes in the mushroom, dairy, horticulture and pig sectors.

Also on show will be the innovative Sonnen battery storage unit: sonnen-batterie.com/en-gb/start

Enjoy the day out and some good Tipperary hospitality at Gurteen Agricultural College near Roscrea.

Solarworld to enter insolvency proceedings

If you are in the market for German made solar panels, you may have heard of the news that the German company Solarworld is in difficulties, which is unfortunate for their employees and the wider solar business in Europe.

While most solar modules are made in China and other low-cost labour countries, some products like the Conergy PowerPlus module that we supply, come from Germany, (in the case of Conergy – Frankfurt Oder).

If you would prefer a German made modules for your home or business, please get in touch and we can explain about the financial strength of the company behind Conergy and PowerPlus together with the technical merits of our product range.

Green thinking at Dublin Port

Dublin Port Company received ISO 50001 Certification in 2016, sealing its commitment to best practice in energy management systems. Solar PV will play its part in meeting the Port’s challenging statutory and regulatory obligations of reduced CO2 emissions and increased energy efficiency by 2020.

The initial installation, commissioned in January 2017, is a 28kw system on the roof of the Maintenance and Services building. It is sized to almost meet the electricity load of the building without running the risk of exceeding it. The project went to tender which Solar Electric won.

Stephen Collier, Maintenance and Services Manager, describes their approach to the project very positively, “They [Solar Electric] were excellent and the installation ran very smoothly. The communication was good which helps.”

Stephen is an engineer and leads up the Energy Team in Dublin Port. The team is comprised of executives from across functions within the company. The Solar PV panels may be too high to be noticeable but the energy team makes sure that all employees know they are there.

Stephen explains “We include the details of all environmental activities in the staff newsletter and I’ll talk about this to anyone who’ll listen. The energy situation is a huge problem for all of us.”

And he isn’t referring solely to Dublin Port Company. Stephen runs what he describes as a ‘very lean energy home’ with solar thermal panels (heating water) and heat pump. He makes his 70km round trip commute in an electric car which he has proudly owned since 2011. Given that level of personal commitment from one of the main drivers it is no wonder that Dublin Port Company have already made more than 10% energy savings since baseline.

The target of 33% remains some way off but Stephen remains positive that they can reach this by 2020. They have partnered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and meeting the standards of ISO 500001 requires that energy is a central consideration in all design and procurement processes.

If positive attitude counts in energy efficiency and research shows it does, then Dublin Port Company is well placed to meet its obligations. Solar Electric looks forward to working with Stephen and his colleagues on this and further projects.

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