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Solar success beside the N3 in Dublin

The Helsinn Group develops and manufactures cancer-care therapies with the stated objective of “building better todays” for those affected by cancer. The family-run business is based in Switzerland but has an impressive development, manufacturing and supply chain facility in Damastown, Dublin. Solar Electric was delighted to receive an expression of interest in Solar PV from the facility management team last year.

Robert Goss, Director at Solar Electric explains the background:

“By March 2016 we had grown to a team of six in preparation for the ‘solar rush’. We had experienced 2 bumper years, firstly Tipperary Energy Agency’s order for 717 panels on 9 public buildings in 2014, followed by Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency’s partnership with O’Shea Farms in 2015. The farm project was the largest at that time in Ireland at 250 kWp (960 panels). There was political appetite for microgeneration, expressed in the Energy White Paper but there was more talk than action in early 2016. I admit to feeling concerned.”

Then, out of the blue, Solar Electric received an email inviting them to meet to discuss Solar PV at the Helsinn Group’s Damastown location. Partners Tom Foley and Robert Goss lost no time and there followed a quick succession of introductory and technical visits, surveys and support for internal Helsinn presentations. Electricity bills were examined to ensure no electricity would spill to the grid.

Finally, a 50 kWp system was selected and planning permission applied for. With the potential capacity on the Damastown site being much higher, this is a pilot project for Helsinn. The installation took place over two weeks in March 2017 and was carefully managed to ensure no loss of power to the facility.

Robert describes the process from initial contact to commissioning:

“The first email was so uplifting and working with the Helsinn team has been no different. There is a great ethos of environmental responsibility while making sure the investment also makes business sense. We had to defend our product as offering excellent value for money and it is so gratifying to see our panels on the Damastown roof.”

Solar Electric looks forward to continuing to support Helsinn “build better todays” for all of us through their commitment to sustainability.  The Helsinn Group monitor and publish their energy data including their usage of energy from renewable sources.  Solar Electric, through their real-time data app, will soon be contributing data on the increase in electricity generated from renewable sources and the consequential decrease in CO2 emissions.

‘Solar rush’ levels may still be illusive but confidence and pride are running high in the Solar Electric camp. As Robert says “there are many more plants suited to Solar PV. Each company that we work with is a new advocate for ours so we are definitely travelling in the right direction”.

Energy Show 5+6th April

This year at the Energy Show April 5th and 6th at the RDS you will be able to learn about our successful projects completed during the year.

We will feature the Wexford Ferrybank Swimming Pool, Helsinn’s Dublin facility  and Dublin Port.

For those wanting to purchase quality PV products from Germany, at price levels that used to be associated with unbranded imports, 2017 is the year to go ahead.

Solar Electric’s staff can talk you through the return on investment and the tax advantages of installing EEE products and arrange to survey your building for suitability.

Sonnen Batterie 2

We have had loads of enquiries over the winter for the sonnen storage product.

For those interested to learn more, we have installed a unit at our HQ in Killanne which is now up an running for those who would like to visit.

Four more are due to be shipped in March, mostly for residential plus one educational projects.

Please call the office if you would like to know more or see

More Solar Panel Information

Are you interested in making a smaller carbon footprint? Free hot water? Running your washing machine during the daytime in order to match solar production? Immersun diverter units?

We agree that combining new technologies in a way that is effective for your family takes some thought.

So jot down the building size, the Eircode, your average electricity bill and Cian or one of the team will try to help you find a cost-effective solution to reduce your bills and save the planet.


Is my house suitable? – Wexford home visits

Most homes in Ireland have a suitable roof for a PV installation. If you have space for 10 or more panels 1m x 1.6m on a south facing roof that is ideal, although east and west are almost as effective.

We are normally able to work out a good solution based upon Google Earth images or plans of your new home.

For a limited time we can also come out and meet customers in the Wexford area without charge and create a fixed price quote. Call or e.mail and ask for Cian.

Future in Pharmaceuticals Ireland

Future in Pharmaceuticals Ireland – driven by sustainability – Croke Park February 22nd 2017

We are delighted to have carried out two successful projects for Servier in Arklow and now we are about to start a major rooftop project for Helsinn in Dublin.

At this show you can learn more about sustainability in the sector and talk to Tom or Robert from Solar Electric about the potential for Solar PV.

ESB to introduce new peak-time bill rate to encourage “greener” behaviour

At last the market-leading domestic electricity supplier with 1.4 m customers is showing vision and leadership.

Irish consumers need to be aware that the real cost of electricity varies throughout the day and that if we continue to increase peak time demand costly upgrades will be needed to the system.

For example if those of us with electric cars simply plug them in and charge them straight after work we will be adding to the peak-time load. Ideally EVs should be charged using free midday PV power or failing that low cost night rate energy.

First sonnen system installed in the Limerick area

Our first project is complete in the outskirts of Limerick. Initial figures are positive.

Last weekend showed that the 6 kWh battery and 4.68 kWp PV system covered-off 66% of the household electricity usage.

We will continue to monitor and work with the customer to fine-tune the installation.

Contact us for more information.

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