800 Solar panels installed one year ago are delivering 10% more electricity than previously expected. Tipperary County Council is making significant savings of over €30, 000 per annum.
Twelve months ago 800 photovoltaic solar panels were installed on 9 public buildings in towns across Tipperary. The buildings include fire stations, libraries, civic offices and a leisure centre. At the time this project increased Ireland’s total photovoltaic (PV) capacity by 44%. One year on from Ireland’s largest ever solar photovoltaic installation and Tipperary County Council is making significant savings of €30, 000 per annum.
The main difference between photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels is that PV directly converts the sun’s light into electricity. Solar thermal panels heat hot water from the suns energy. PV systems have some significant advantages over solar water heating systems in that they are easier to design, install, operate and maintain.
The panels on Tipperary’s public buildings are delivering 10% more electricity than previously expected. The payback for the project is now expected to be no more than six and a half years. These solar panels have a lifespan of up to 25 years.
Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council said “Tipperary County Council is very pleased with the results that are now emerging after only one year into this project. We are proud that we can run our public buildings using clean sustainable energy. This photovoltaic project has delivered more than we had anticipated, not only in electricity and cost savings, but also influencing others to take on similar projects. We would recommend to others that they should actively consider PV as part of their cost, efficiency and sustainability goals”.
Paul Kenny, CEO of Tipperary Energy Agency, who project managed the work said “We’re delighted to have been involved in the first large PV project in the state. The increase in the number of organisations that are now installing PV has demonstrated that this Tipperary County Council project has been a catalyst for change”.
About Tipperary Energy Agency
Tipperary Energy Agency’s aim is to support the development of sustainable energy in Co. Tipperary and beyond. The Agency is committed to providing a comprehensive range of services to all sectors in Co. Tipperary with a view to implementing sustainable energy projects which are developed using best practice. The Agency works in the fields of energy efficiency, energy management, renewable energy and sustainable transport. For more information on the Tipperary Energy Agency please visit www.tippenergy.ie
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