We're Hiring | Reception & Administration

Department:

Reception & Administration

Reporting to:

General Manager

Job Description:

We are currently looking for a Receptionist to join our Administration Department.

Duties:

• Answering and direct all incoming calls. Ensuring correct detailed messages are passed on.
• Greet all visitors to the business ensuring their point of contact is notified on their arrival.
• General Office Administration
• Booking Solar Installations/Callouts/servicing
• Maintain and manage customer files
• Organise meeting room bookings
• Manage and control stationary & housekeeping stocks

Requirements:

• Experience an advantage but not essential
• Self – motivated
• Ability to work on your own initiative
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Competent computer skills

How to Apply:

Please forward your CV to: hr@activ8energies.com

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th April 2021.


Qualified Roofer | Ireland's Solar Experts Are Hiring

Careers

Opportunities for qualified roofers with Activ8 Solar Energies

We have currently have a vacancy for an ambitious roofer/carpenter to install solar PV systems on customer’s roofs. An opportunity to work at the cutting edge of renewable energy and with Ireland’s solar experts.

Activ8 Social Club

Our social outings are and wider social club is a core component of what makes Activ8 Solar Energies an enjoyable place to work with social events throughout the year.

Mentoring

We're in the solar industry for over 14 years, so come and learn about the exciting breakthrough technologies in the growing solar and renewable sector with Ireland's solar experts.

Job Description

We require a fully qualified roofer to install solar PV panels on our customer’s roofs. Nice, clean work, primarily on existing dwellings, but also on commercial buildings from time to time. Your job will consist of fixing solar panels to roofs along with other small works, as part of a team consisting of an electrician and a plumber bringing this cutting-edge product to the masses. Our ground-breaking products along with our unrivaled quality have brought unprecedented demand from our customers.

Activ8 roofers working on a retrofit installation of solar PV on a rooftop in Co. Meath.

Job Type | Requirements

We will provide complete and thorough industry-specific training. Days are routinely early start and early home, with Saturday work always available upon request.

Expected start date: 15/3/2021

Full-time, Permanent

Top rates paid

Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

  • Fully qualified roofer
  • 2 years of qualified experience
  • Worked on both new builds and extensions/retrofits
  • Solar experience a bonus
  • Located close to Carrickmacross for morning pickups

Benefits

Along with very competitive pay, you will be joining an experienced staff of over 70 people, from admin to accounts, from plumbers and electricians to fellow carpenters who are all part of our quarterly social club events helping bring you into the Activ8 fold.

Benefits:

  • Bonus scheme
  • On-site parking
  • Company events & social hours
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Education reimbursement

Email your CV to hr@activ8energies.com and we will be in contact.


Feed-In Tariff 2021 - Sell Solar Electricity Back To The Grid

In a welcome development, the Irish government, through Minister Eamon Ryan (Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications) announced that the design and consultation process was beginning in order to formulate how the scheme will look and function. Submissions for this are being accepted until Thursday February 18th. There are currently no support schemes in place and while we recently discussed the explosion in solar providers since the arrival of the SEAI solar PV grant at the end of July 2018, it was a very welcome addition to the government's strategy in encouraging micro-generation in private homes for the proliferation of solar pv and renewable energy throughout Ireland. This is the next step in our national goal of reducing carbon emissions. It's important that this feed-in tariff is brought in with micro-generation at the heart of it and here's why.

The Future of Solar PV and Renewable Energy In Ireland

When looking at the sectoral output of carbon emissions in Ireland, we know that the top 3 can be targeted and reduced by renewable energy projects. The top 3, are 1. Agriculture, 2. Energy and 3. Transport - with transport being the biggest mover from 1990 levels up to the current day. With agriculture, Irish farmers are known for being one of the most efficient nations in the world in how they operate. There are efforts being made all the time to further eliminate or offset emissions in this industry. We're even involved in this ourselves with our partners SSE Airtricity and Glanbia Ireland through FarmGen. When it comes to a micro-generation feed-in tariff, of course this will further incentivise farmers, but there is a greater opportunity in Ireland with domestic households and how they are projected to evolve over this decade. Through this avenue, we can tackle both the energy sector and the transport sector. The SEAI is already incentivising the sales of EVs here in Ireland and it is only a matter of time before they reach parity and then become cheaper to manufacture in comparison to their petrol/diesel-powered counterparts. So when we think of the evolution of transport in this country, we can't just depend on industry to implement these changes. We've seen how An Post has managed to eliminate much of its fossil fuel-powered fleet and replace it with electric mobility - they managed to make Dublin the first capital city in the entire world with zero emissions postal delivery and they are to be commended for such. It's time to place the power of change in the hands of the homeowner. With expected cost parity in the years to come for electric vehicles, we need the foresight to implement changes in our electricity/energy mix at a domestic level so that homeowners are ready to buy an electrical vehicle and have the ability to generate electricity in their homes. This way, we tackle both the energy sector and the transport sector through micro-generation in Irish homes.

Learning From European Counterparts

It's important to learn from appropriate case studies, not only how they were implemented, but more importantly, what worked and what didn't. Unfortunately, being in a position to learn and look back on foreign policy shows that we are way behind. In Germany, their guaranteed feed-in tariffs under Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEGsaw the share of renewable power, mostly coming from wind, solar PV and biomass, in electricity generation rise from about 3.5 percent in 1990 to 35 percent in 2018. But as of 2021, more and more renewable installations will lose their guaranteed funding as their 20 years of EEG payments come to an end. 20 years! Germany is at the end of their first feed-in tariff programme and for domestic solar, there are issues around fluctuating price points due to the old technology for metering - whereas we won't face that issue in Ireland with the modern technology available for metering purposes. So we do have technology on our side.

National Appetite For Change

It is important to note that as time moves and technology grows, it can be hard to see the slow-moving changes in one persons attitude, nevermind an entire nation. We feel that the appetite for countering climate change in Ireland has been consistently improving. There have always been steadfast advocates in this regard, but it's important that they are supported by more and more as the need becomes greater. No less, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan that announced this consultation, has been a strong advocate in this area for many years. A younger Minister Ryan can be seen at the opening of our first head office in May of 2009 in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. The same place where we are currently building our brand new headquarters, to help us continue our growth in the years ahead.

We look forward to the consultation process and working both internally and with our dedicated partners in providing submissions to try and make sure our customers are justly rewarded for their generation and that we create a fair and equitable microgeneration market that encourages many more homeowners and businesses to start generating renewable electricity through the installation of solar panels.

As a company that prides itself on our quality of service, we would love to hear from our customers and solar enthusiasts on what issues they would like addressed in the consultation phase and what they want to see incorporated as part of the scheme, you can send any and all submissions to info@activ8energies.com.

 

 


The Irish Solar Market | A Reflection & Projection

The Solar Landscape In Ireland | Reflection and Projection

Now is as good a time as ever to take stock of the Irish solar market. 2020 was a year of unimaginable uncertainties for so many people here in Ireland and who knew that we would be entering 2021 with some of the same. We now have a vaccine and that brings us back towards normality and again, certainty.

What makes now a good time to take stock? Well, here at Activ8 Solar Energies, we have a big year ahead, we're getting ready to celebrate 15 years in the solar business as well as opening a state-of-the-art headquarters. When we speak of certainty inside the four walls of Ireland's solar experts, we really own can be certain of one thing; change!

We started off with flat-plate solar panel collectors before the famous financial crisis of 2008 threw Ireland into recession and we learned a lot with that experience. We know that our original product offering has changed from solar panels to heat hot water only (flat-plate, or "Solar Thermal") to solar panels that create electricity (Solar PV). The recession came and went (with the infamous IMF) and the country slowly got back on its feet. More recently, we even saw the rise and fall of Donald Trump and you might think, what has that got to do with solar? Well, we wrote about this in 2016 and the possible disaster this might have for climate change efforts around the world, and we were unfortunately proven correct.

What has come before us is history and what will happen in the future is unknown, except for the knowledge that things will change and we here in Activ8 Solar Energies will adapt and evolve. We recently celebrated ISO certification in new areas, championing our commitment to process improvement internally, ultimately helping our customers. The reassurance longevity and experience brings cannot be underestimated. Customers of ours from 2007, 14 years ago, know that we're the same company that installed their solar panels in 2007 and although we've changed and grown over the years (for the better), we're still the same Activ8 Solar Energies.

Through our own data analysis, we have come to see the solar market here in Ireland become a lot more crowded. For instance, in the summer of 2018, Activ8 was competing with 6 similar businesses on Google Ads, according to the Auction Insights Report. December 2020 shows 20 competitors for the same market. This isn't a bad thing as this increased level of competition means that supply side solar costs are sustainable and more importantly, that standards are set and maintained by national bodies as a result. Heck, our CEO Ciaran Marron was on the NSAI committee to help formulate these standards given our longstanding position in the Irish solar market. It helps that our motto internally has always been "We don't follow standards, we set them" and to remain as Ireland's Solar Experts, we must always strive for the highest possible standards.

However, the sudden growth in 2018 may coincide with the introduction of the SEAI Solar PV grant at the very end of July 2018. As mentioned, it's great for the proliferation of solar and renewable energy throughout Ireland to have so many suppliers in the market going forward and here's hoping that as an industry, standards across the board are kept to a sustained, high level through the SEAI and other bodies.

We're delighted to have been offering solar energy and solar panels for 14 years and look forward to delivering our exceptional level of service for many more years to come. Keep an eye on our pages for more information on our improved Customer Resource Centre as well as our growing Activ8 Solar Academy.

Fingers crossed that 2021 delivers what we're all hoping for, a resumption to what we all call normal.


Social Club Christmas Draw | Shop Local Carrickmacross

Shop Local Carrickmacross | Our Social Club Christmas Draw 2020

With the year that we've had and the inability for us to have our usual social club outings, we used our social club fund for a Christmas Draw bonanza. And more importantly, we wanted to support as many local businesses as possible. As the scramble comes for last-minute Christmas presents please try and support these local businesses if you can.

They sponsor our local clubs and community events, they hire local staff and support so much more than we think.

A massive congrats to our Social Club team who managed to spread the fund across so many businesses, organise a fantastic draw for our staff all whilst pumping €5,700 into our local community!

Here is a list of the businesses:

Cloughvalley Stores (Quinn's voucher)
Valley Lodge Voucher
Shirley Arms Voucher
Super Valu Voucher
Sinead's Place Gifts & Hardware Voucher
Taveys Menswear Voucher
Steeles Menswear Voucher
Beauty Lane by Paulina Voucher
The Ivy Voucher
Fade Barber Shop Voucher
Chamber of Commerce Voucher (Birdy's newsagent)
O'Roukes Fuel Voucher
Cassidy's Fuel Station Ardee Road
Circle K (Cassidy's Fuel Station Dundalk Road)
Matildas Bakery
Gifts and Things Voucher
Courthouse Voucher
Maguires Pharmacy Ladies Hamper
Hands Shoe Shop Voucher
Howells Voucher
T&L Paints Voucher
Dress Up Voucher
Uptown Girl Voucher
TW Menswear Voucher
Marron Electrical Voucher
All care Pharmacy Hamper (Men's)
Connollys Pharmacy Hamper (Ladies)
McAllisters Voucher
Unique Hair Design Voucher
Lidl Voucher
Aldi Voucher
Cabra Castle Voucher
Asus Chromebook | Marron Electrical
EOS 4000 D Canon Camera | Marron Electrical
Samsung 50" Smart TV | Marron Electrical
Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch | Marron Electrical
Eakins Pharmacy Hamper (Men's)
The Hair Loft (Hairdressers)
Ella Rose Voucher
Nolans Butchers Voucher

Activ8 Achieves ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 45001:2015 Certification | Adding To Our ISO 9001 Success!

Having initially gained certification of registration Quality Management Systems to ISO 9001:2008 in February 2016 (Crazy to think we covered this in a blog post almost 4 years ago - click to read) and being the first solar company to introduce standards in the market, Activ8 Solar Energies successfully completed the transition to ISO 9001:2015 in December of the same year. In the following years, Activ8 solely focued on the continual improvement of both the effectiveness and the efficiency of the Quality Management System. In early 2020, we started the process of building a new integrated management system, combining all three standards with one set of policies and procedures and providing us with the ability to bring all of our objectives into a unified system. In early November we completed our initial audit of the integrated system with NSAI (National Standards Association of Ireland), and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved certification in all three international standards.

We are delighted to announce that having been the first solar company in Ireland to achieve certification ISO 9001 Quality Management standards in the solar market, we now have achieved certification in ISO 14001 (Environmental) and ISO 45001 (Occupational H&S). This is on top of record scores in Quality, Environmental and H&S in our annual Achilles Supply Line audit in 2020 also. This a huge achievement for our team in the most challenging year of them all! CEO Ciaran Marron would like to extend his thanks to all of the hard-working staff for their dedication and commitment to the management system. Although this type of certification is based around processes and policies, it is the attitude and dedication in delivering a high-quality service for our customers that really allows us to accomplish such achievements.


Raymond Clarke, QEHS Manager with our three NSAI ISO Certificates & our Achilles Supply Line Audit Certificate 

Raymond Clarke, QEHS Manager  - “It’s a huge milestone for Activ8 and it is down to the sheer hard work and dedication of all the staff and management. It has been a massive year with achieving record scores with our Achilles external audit and now having three international standard certifications. In the most challenging year of them all, everbody has embraced change within the company, allowing us to focus on a safer workplace, happy customers and a greener environment”.


SEAI Energy Awards 2020 | Partnership Success

SEAI Awards With A Twist In 2020

The SEAI Awards were announced live on YouTube last week, a true reflection of the times, given the usual standing the award ceremony holds for those of us in the renewable energy industry. It has become a very important date in the calendar for many, as we all work hard towards improving standards and increasing the number of projects focused on energy efficiency and sustainability here in Ireland. With the latest lockdown restrictions, there were many of us waiting on the announcements from locations all over Ireland, be it from our home or office!

With the announcements came cause for celebration for us here in Activ8 Solar Energies as we were involved with four finalists, three of them ultimately winning.

The Winners

Firstly, Terra Spirits & Liqueurs, won the Small and Medium Business – Exemplary Energy Performance category. Having installed solar PV in 2018 for Terra, Shaun McKevitt was keen to build on this effort and completed that with a further expansion of their on-roof solar, amongst other measures, to 340kWp and are every bit deserving for their 2020 SEAI Energy Award.

Our partners, SSE Airtricity were also successful with SSE Airtricity Energy Services winning the Best Energy in Buildings category. A fantastic success by the team who we’re lucky to work with on a number of projects.

In a somewhat different category that makes this a wonderful project to be involved with, Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community won the Inspirational Energy Community Award. These guys are amazing in the passion they show as a community-based energy saving scheme in Co. Louth. Having worked with Elizabeth and Fergus McCann over the past 5 years, installing solar PV on a number of projects including the Birches centre, a project we like to highlight in particular as it helps some of the most vulnerable in our society and only goes to showcase the amazing work Dunleer SEC are getting across the line.

Finally, the efforts of Depuy Synthes – Johnson & Johnson saw them as finalists in the Energy Team/ Manager of the Year award, where they narrowly missed out. Having installed a 210kWp Solar PV system in the scenic location of Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork for Depuy Synthes in 2020, they are a true industry leader when it comes to the efforts they make in energy management and sustainability and it was a pleasure to work with a global leader on a solar project such as this one.

As we look forward to 2021 and the many wonderful projects already in the pipeline, we’re always striving to deliver the best in class project management and we want to work with the innovative companies and communities we have here in Ireland. If you have a project in mind, please reach out to either of our Project Manager, Martin Mulholland or our Commercial Manager, Gary Connolly.

martin.mulholland@activ8energies.com
gary.connolly@activ8energies.com

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    Activ8 Presenting On FarmGen | Solar Ireland 2020 Conference

    The ISEA Conference 2020 took place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of this week. The event of course had to be held virtually but with great event management in place, it was a resounding success. With that said, we were delighted to presenting at the event for a fourth year running.

    With a wide range of solar projects ongoing in Activ8 Solar Energies, it’s great that we were able to switch topics. Having most recently presented on the topic of domestic solar, we were able to bring our learnings forward on the FarmGen project. An initiative we’ve collaborated on with Glanbia Ireland and SSE Airtricity to great effect. As Ireland’s solar experts, we were in a great position to help Glanbia Ireland bring a renewable offering to life for their agricultural customers. On top of this, the third arm of the partnership, SSE Airtricity offering preferential electricity rates, with the added bonus of said supply being 100% green energy*.

     

    With installations in 2019 and further installations this year, we have learned a number of things on the FarmGen initiative as well as thankfully having numerous expectations confirmed in reality. Our Commercial Manager, Gary Connolly, presented on these findings on the second day of the ISEA Solar Conference 2020 from the comfort of our head office.

    Firstly, he discussed the predictable, high usage periods of a dairy farm based around milking times. The morning milking is followed by a low midday demand on energy giving us an inverse usage curve versus the standard solar production curve. We have worked with farmers and the sizing of their systems accordingly. It is great that we can depend on the smart monitoring systems installed on-site to give us this feedback at a circuit level. By using this midday energy to heat the hot water cylinder on-site and have it ready for the evening milking, it maximises the use and efficiency of the system.

     

    Sizing the System

    We have encountered farmers throughout this initiative who are keen to oversize their system without proper understanding of the usage curve against standard solar production patterns.

     

    Rather than sizing the system for peak usage, there is a better optimal level towards which a system should be specified. Just as we do for all of our domestic and commercial solar PV clients, we always qualify and research their usage to better understand their need. This allows us to consistently size the system appropriately.

    As you can see in the graph above, the optimal sized system brings more efficiency and ultimately, better value for the farmer.

     

    The Future

    Gary then discussed some minor issues with the funding side and recommendations we would make to help improve the scheme, from a solar perspective in particular.

    If you wish to learn more about FarmGen, or have a project in mind that Solar PV may suit, then just get in touch via the contact form below.

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      *100% green energy based on Fuel Mix Disclosure and Co2 Emissions for 2019 published by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, September 2020. For more information visit sseairtricity.com/greenenergy


      Activ8 Play Installation Role in SVP Energy Upgrade Scheme In Limerick

      St Patricks Court Limerick housing scheme receives energy upgrade through retrofit project 

      As the solar partner of SSE Airtricity, we were only delighted to be involved in such a wonderful scheme that will truly make a difference. As installers on the project alongside SSE Airtricity Energy Services, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), this project focused on keeping homes warm through the winter of 2019 and beyond with the completion of this energy project in Limerick city. 

      In Garryowen, the residents of St Patricks Court will see energy consumption being reduced by almost 50% as part of this retrofit project.  

      There were 13 properties making up the project, all of which were built over 50 years ago and therefore had poor BER ratings, with solid concrete walls and single glazing windows. The majority of the tenants have come from the nearby SVP emergency homeless hostel accommodation and the properties had no energy upgrades since they were constructed. Following the final installation of the solar PV panels, the homes BER uplift came from a G right up to A3, savings thousands of euro in annual energy costs and making the homes much healthier and cosier to live in. 

      The project was co-founded by SEAI and SVP and delivered by SSE Airtricity Energy Services and Activ8 Solar Energies with upgrades on home heating, solar PV installation and external insulation. Part of the funding came through the SEAI and their Community Scheme with support from the government, which aims to improve energy efficiency in Irish communities. 

      Reflecting on 2019, this scheme has allowed us, alongside our partner, SSE Airtricity, to team up with local authorities, approved housing bodies and community groups to deliver energy improvements to domestic and fuel poor homes around Ireland. 

      Stuart Hobbs, Head of SSE Airtricity Energy Services, said, “We’re proud to partner with St. Vincent de Paul and the SEAI, and to help some of Limerick’s most vulnerable residents feel warmer and safer in their homes this winter. This project will reduce the resident’s energy costs while also helping cut carbon emissions from their homes. 

      At SSE Airtricity we know the value of helping Irish homes and businesses go green and how that can have a positive impact on Ireland’s 2030 climate goals,” Hobbs added. 

      John Randles, Head of Delivery in SEAI said, “This year, SEAI is supporting 57 projects under our communities’ scheme with over €25 million in government funding. We are delighted to see projects like the collaboration between SSE Airtricity, St. Vincent de Paul and St Patricks Court Limerick at completion.” 

       


      Activ8 Solar Energies Launch FarmGen In Partnership With Glanbia Ireland & SSE Airtricity

      Minister Michael Creed & FarmGen Announcement.
      Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2019

      Glanbia Ireland announce FarmGen Solar PV solution with SSE Airtricity and Activ8 Solar Energies

      • Initiative officially announced by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed T.D.
      • Smart solar solution will help Glanbia Ireland farmers reduce costs and improve sustainability

       

      8th July 2019: Glanbia Ireland has today announced that they are delighted to bring FarmGen, a farm generated renewable energy initiative, to the farming community.

      Working in partnership with SSE Airtricity and Activ8 Solar Energies, Glanbia Ireland are launching this renewable solar energy solution to market. FarmGen has combined the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of all parties to bring a turn-key solar powered energy solution to Glanbia Ireland farmers.

      This technology will help farmers grow their business sustainably into the future, while improving energy efficiency on farm and reducing bills.

       

      Following rooftop installation, FarmGen’s 6Kw Solar PV system will help power energy intensive processes on farm, reducing the costs of milk cooling, vacuum pumps and water heating. Combined these three processes account for around 80% of total milk parlour energy consumption.

       

      Activ8 Solar Energies will supply and install state-of-the-art Solar PV panels along with a smart monitoring system on each farm. The system will monitor energy generation and consumption in real-time; helping farmers understand where and when energy is consumed, and therefore assisting them to adapt behaviours that will reduce energy costs and improve sustainability.

       

      As part of the solar offering, farms will also have export meters installed that enable them to potentially profit from future incentives to return electricity on to the grid. In advance of this measure, SSE Airtricity will provide an annual export rebate to FarmGen customers, as well as preferential energy rates on their 100% green energy.*

       

      Farmers can receive 100% financing for the FarmGen initiative through the existing Glanbia Ireland FundEquip scheme and can also leverage all available grant aids, such as TAMS II (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes) or SEAI. Activ8 Solar Energies will support all grant funding applications for customers.

       

      This solar power solution is open to all farming sectors and sizes, with customised commercial packages available and importantly there are also options available for those who wish to install Solar PV in their homes to harness the power of green energy. Farmers who wish to register their interest for this product can phone 1890 929 828 or visit www.farmgen.ie

      Michael Creed, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine said: “This is a perfect fit with the Government’s own climate plan and ambition. It builds on the Department of Agriculture’s own TAMS grant, which is encouraging farmers to invest in renewable energies, particularly solar panels, on their farm. It’s great to see Glanbia Ireland take that scheme and work with it to enable the industry to collaborate for the benefit of Irish farmers.”

       

      Jim Bergin, CEO, Glanbia Ireland commented: “In Glanbia Ireland our philosophy is that ‘Goodness Grows Here’ and we are delighted to join with SSE Airtricity and Activ8 Solar Energies to launch our FarmGen programme. Through this economically attractive renewable energy solution, we are empowering our farmers to grow their enterprise and to do this in harmony with the environment, for future generations.”

       

      Klair Neenan, Managing Director, SSE Airtricity added: “At SSE Airtricity, we believe this is generation green, and we’re delighted to be supporting this initiative to deliver renewable energy solutions to Glanbia Ireland’s network of farmers. We’ll be offering FarmGen customers an exclusive export rebate, as well as preferential rates for our 100% green energy. It’s great to be working with a forward-thinking organisation like Glanbia Ireland, bringing together our expertise to reduce energy costs and improve sustainability at the same time.”

       

      Ciaran Marron, CEO, Activ8 Solar Energies said: “As solar experts, Activ8 Solar Energies aims to take the burden away from the farmer, and offer a full turn-key solution from initial interest and  grant application, right through to installation and commission of a farmer’s solar system.”

       

      Key highlights of the Glanbia Ireland FarmGen initiative include:

      • Solar PV: Solar PV panels will enable cost efficiency through reducing energy bills and powering farms through on-site renewable generation.
      • Smart Monitoring: Smart meters will enable farmers to better understand their energy generation and consumption and how they can adapt behaviour to drive further savings.
      • Export Meter: Export meters will future-proof farms for upcoming feed-in tariffs, enabling them to sell excess generation back to the electricity grid.
      • Preferential Rates and 100% Green Energy: FarmGen customers, who switch to SSE Airtricity will be supplied by 100% green energy at exclusive preferential rates, that will further reduce their carbon footprint.
      • Fully Funded Solution: The solutions available to Glanbia Ireland farmers through the FundEquip scheme, make it possible for famers to receive competitively priced finance for this product offering.

       

      *100% green energy based on Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions for 2017, published by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), September 2018. For more information visit sseairtricity.com/greenenergy

      For more information on FarmGen, please view a video here.

      Our Partners On This Project

      About Glanbia Ireland

      Glanbia Ireland is an ambitious, integrated agri-food and nutrition business, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Premier Milk, Wexford, mymilkman.ie, Glanbiaconnect.com, countrylife.ie and GAIN Animal Nutrition.  It processes a 2.7 billion litre milk pool from 21 counties and exports high quality dairy and agri ingredients as well as branded products to over 70 countries. Glanbia Ireland is a joint venture 60% owned by Glanbia Co-op and 40% owned by Glanbia plc. With annual revenue of €1.8 billion, Glanbia Ireland has 11 processing plants, 53 agri branches and over 2,000 employees.

       

      About SSE Airtricity

      SSE Airtricity is the second largest energy supplier on the island of Ireland, proudly providing 100% green electricity, natural gas and energy-related services to around 750,000 home and business customers. SSE Airtricity is certified by Business in the Community Ireland to the Business Working Responsibly Mark, the ‘gold standard’ for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Ireland. The company has around 1,000 employees on the island of Ireland and is proud to be a Living Wage employer. In 2018, SSE Airtricity acquired 40 per cent of Activ8 Solar Energies, one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of solar PV systems.

      Register your interest in FarmGen here