Solar Thermal Service & Survey Engineer Position

Solar Thermal Service & Survey Engineer

 

Due to continued expansion Ireland’s largest solar installer now have a position for a Solar Thermal Service & Survey Engineer. We require a customer facing, professional service engineer with proven plumbing and heating skills to join our team.

The candidate will ideally be based in the North East attending homeowners working on solar thermal systems and heating controls, daily duties will include performing routine preventive maintenance tasks along with reactive maintenance on the systems. The role will also include site surveys for new installations ensuring our installation teams are fully equipped for our pioneered one-day install.

The position would suit an experienced plumber or heating engineer who has experience of service and maintenance of hot water cylinders and unvented systems with working knowledge of solar thermal and heating controls.

The ideal candidate must have the following skills and qualifications:

  • A fully qualified Electrician/Plumber/Engineer
  • Previous experience in Solar Thermal, Boiler and Heating control installations
  • Electrical experience is essential
  • Willingness to travel to jobsites throughout Ireland
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Competent computer skills
  • A full clean driving Licence

 

Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Working at heights Cert an advantage.

Remuneration

  • Salary negotiable
  • New Company Van
  • Company Phone
  • Company Tablet/Laptop
  • 20 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Social Club

 

Applicants should forward their CV and cover letter to:

 

hr@activ8energies.com

Closing Date for Applications is Friday the 9th September

 


Using Recent UK Renewable Developments as an Irish Solar Case Study

Using the UK as a Case Study for Irish Renewables

Although we may not agree with everything that is done across the Irish Sea, we have to admire the UK's commitment to renewable energy production. Through our sister company, Solar NI, we have been able to play a small part in the recently released figures that showed renewable energy accounting for more energy production than coal, for the first time in history.

The UK are no different to ourselves, in relation to clean energy production targets in 2020 and follow up targets in 2030 arising from the COP21 agreement in Paris of last year. What is different, is the highly incentivised subsidy support in the UK driving technologies such as solar into the mainstream in the past 10 years through numerous government driven schemes. Combine these subsidies with the reduced cost of solar pv and you have an astoundingly competitive electricity and energy production option, in your own home. For free!

With renewables playing such an important role in 2015, out-performing coal in the process, recent news surrounding the future cost of solar and wind in comparison to nuclear has had a direct impact on the development of the Hinkley Plant in the UK. A recent delay on its go ahead has shown that the predictions for renewables combined with their present efficiency has really started to impact the decision making processes at the very top. An unpublished government report in the UK has calculated how large-scale solar pv and wind power will be considerably cheaper to produce than nuclear by the time the aforementioned Hinkley plant is up and running. Figures revealed in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) in the UK are forecasting large-scale solar power to cost between £50 and £75/MWh by 2025. Nuclear power on the other hand is expected to cost between £85 and £125/MWh by the same date. The UK government has already agreed a guaranteed purchase price of £92.50/MWh with developers of the Hinkley plant for the nuclear power produced.

This is an important development for us here in Ireland, as we look to our counterparts here in Europe for evidence of successful energy strategies. It is also important because of the electricity we import from the UK through the East West Interconnector that ultimately comes from these exact energy sources we have already discussed. In an ideal world, we would become self-sufficient through our own renewable energy infrastructure here in Ireland. The scope for which, with large-scale solar pv cheapening over time, is hopefully starting to prick a few ears at the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resourcesin Dublin. We can at least take confidence from the success of solar farms in the UK, with the proliferation of such starting to gather pace here in Ireland, a small push from the government in relation to this could really give our own national grid a real shot in the arm. But we wait and see.

On a smaller scale, Part L regulations and the renewable energy aspect of such, has seen a lot of new housing developments take advantage of solar pv to bolster their green credentials while adding value to each property also.

All solar developments in the UK should be closely watched by the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources as it provides us with a solid case study in relation to how we should really start to engage with large-scale renewable energy projects with a view to both our 2020 and 2030 targets. We here at Activ8 Solar Energies can speak from experience when we say that the Irish people have been pushing it on a smaller scale for well over a decade. Our 7,000 installations to date prove such.


Activ8 Suppliers Recognised in EuPD Research as Top Solar Brands

There is a reason we work with specific partners and suppliers in the solar industry. We value quality, efficiency and performance above all else. That is also the reason why we chased ISO 9001 accreditation in 2015 with such purpose. Within Activ8 Group, everything is in our control, the way in which the products we use are produced, is subjectively, out of our control. But we choose our suppliers carefully.

Getting EUPD Research Recognition in the Solar Industry

That is why we were delighted to hear that their shared value of quality was recognised recently as part of the recent EUPD Research results for 2016 with our inverter partners, Solis (string) and Enphase (micro) both receiving Top Brand within the Solar PV category. To add to this, our solar pv panel supplier have had their Bloomberg Tier 1 panel quality recognised also, with an award for their modules within the Solar PV category also.

It is important to us, that our customers know they are receiving the very best of products installed on their properties, be them retail or commercial. We won’t always claim to be the cheapest solar panel installer here in Ireland, but we can safely say there are a number of things that our competitors cannot claim to possess that we do.

It is important to note that EuPD Research is the leading market intelligence company in the sustainable business sector and they pride themselves on delivering deep and diverse industry insight and in everything they do, they look to embody the principles of sustainability.

To be the best, you have to use the best and congratulations to our partners Suntech, Solis and Enphase on their recent recognition.