Energy in Agriculture 2018 – Solar & Storage Demo

Energy in Agriculture 2018 takes place Tuesday 21st August in Gurteen College

MCA Energy Storage Ltd will be well represented at Energy in Agriculture 2018. This is the 3rd year of the event which this year takes place on Tuesday 21st August. We have a stand in the indoor arena where we have a team ready to discuss your domestic, commercial and/or off-grid energy storage needs.

Colm Byrne of MCA is also an invited speaker at the Solar PV and Storage demonstration. This starts at 12pm and will run for approximately one hour. It is an outdoor demonstration and will include an overview of the technology.  Following this there will be a discussion about quality standards of equipment and the costs and returns of its installation. The session will focus on farm scale PV for self consumption. Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency, will chair the discussion with an emphasis on how farmers can maximise the return on investment. Colm gives a preview of his input to the demonstration:

I am looking forward to explaining how the addition of battery storage to Solar PV projects maximises the on site use. I will consider the role of battery storage in grid stability as intermittent renewables reach 75%. If time allows, I will touch on DS3 and why it is impacting on renewable energy deployment. I encourage everyone who uses energy, farming or not, to come along as this is always a very interesting day.

Other Energy in Agriculture 2018 speakers

We have a sneak preview of the other speakers and what they are covering, including Sonja Reidy, Senior Planner, Tipperary County Council. Sonja will discuss the planning requirements of these projects. Robert Goss of Solar Electric will discuss the installation and maintenance of the Solar PV equipment. He will tell attendees what a kWh of electricity from the sun costs over the 25 year expected life. Michael Moore, Eglin Energy solar developer, will give a quick overview of large scale solar over the next 3-5 years. Kieran Tarpey, Entrust Ltd, will outline his thoughts on community ownership as a mandatory requirement for RESS support. He will also consider the restrictions on development that farmers should be aware of regarding solar projects.

We are looking forward to meeting as many as you as possible on the day.

See the full programme for Energy in Agriculture 2018.


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