What is Microgeneration — Solar PV in Ireland

What Is Microgeneration For solar PV? Will I Get Paid For My Solar Electricity?  

Microgeneration is the general term used to refer to small-scale solar PV generation of electricity as well as other renewable technologies, such as wind and combined heat and power (CHP). This type of generation allows domestic users to produce their own electricity on site, as an alternative or supplement to electricity imported from the grid from their chosen electricity supplier.

We have always sized solar PV systems to the anticipated electricity demand of your home but it has been confirmed that from early 2022, microgeneration is set to take a step forward with the introduction of the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) for all solar PV users. This means that while the majority of the energy produced will be used to power your home, from time to time, when there is surplus electricity from your microgeneration you can export this to the grid and receive a payment for it in return. By reducing your dependency on the national grid and increasing the volume of solar PV supplied to the grid from your home or business you can actively contribute to a greener, cleaner Ireland while reducing your own energy bills.

If you’re interested in microgeneration for your home, see our Solar PV page.

However, if you already have a microgeneration install there are a few things you need to know.

  1. We Have Completed Your NC6 form

For homeowners and businesses who want to receive payments ESB Networks first need to be notified of your microgeneration install so they can start recording your export to the grid. Do not worry, this has been completed on your behalf by the Activ8 Solar Energies team.

  1. Check your meter type

It’s important to note what type of meter is installed in your home as this will impact what type of payment you can expect to receive for exported electricity. It’s also important to note that this part of the process is not under the control of ACtiv8 Solar Energies – this is under the control of ESB Networks.

  • If you have a smart meter already installed, you will be paid based on your actual export data. There is no requirement for you to have Smart Services activated on your Smart Meter e.g. a Smart Tariff from your supplier etc. This does not affect measuring of export data.
  • If you have a 24-hour non smart meter (MCC01) currently you will need to wait for your smart meter installed to receive the export payment. ESB Networks are working their way through all eligible customers and will exchange your meter within 4 months. Once your smart meter is installed you will be paid based on your actual export data.
  • If you have any other meter type than a 24 hour or smart meter, until you become eligible for a smart meter your export payments will be based on a deemed export value. As you transition towards eligibility for a smart meter, you will also move towards actual export data. For more information on the roll-out of smart meters, please contact ESB Networks.


Types of payment

If you meet the eligibility criteria (completed NC6 form and smart meter installed), you will be paid a measured Clean Export Guarantee for the export at a per kWh basis.

  • The measured Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) is the government policy name for the export tariff that all energy suppliers will pay to customers for their solar electricity exported to the grid. The rates will be set by each supplier on a per kWh basis and is intended to reflect the value of the export to the grid. This means your actual export to the grid will be measured and you will be paid accordingly.
  • A Deemed Clean Export Guarantee assumes that the majority of the electricity generated is being used in the home and, in the absence of a smart meter to record actual consumption, the surplus energy exported is decided based on a calculation set by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). Activ8 Solar Energies and your chosen supplier have no role in determining the export value for these microgeneration customers.

How is the deemed export calculated?

The calculation of the deemed export is based on the following factors and has been set by the CRU. Click the formula below for the PDF on how this is calculated.

Deemed Export Quantity = MEC X Capacity Factor X Export Factor X Provision Interval

  • MEC: Maximum Export Capacity. This will come from your NC6 form submitted to ESB Networks
  • Capacity Factor: A calculation from the CRU set at 9.7%
  • Export Factor: A calculation from the CRU set at 35%
  • Provisional interval: A calculation used for solar installations that takes account of how microgeneration works in practice during the day and from season to season.

It’s important to note that payment of the measured and deemed Clean Export Guarantee is entirely separate from the current SEAI Solar PV grant you have received (or may be considering). If you are considering solar PV with Activ8, you may be eligible for the SEAI Solar PV grant and now, for the first time ever, you’ll get paid for the excess electricity you generate but don’t use and therefore send/sell back to the national grid.

When can you expect to receive a payment?

We will try our best to share news and updates from electricity suppliers in Ireland on when they will deliver the first payment and the details surrounding how each supplier will deliver this.

Commercial Solar PV — What To Look Out For

With over 15 years of experience in the Irish solar industry, we understand it can be difficult to navigate the procurement process of the right solar panel installer. We’ve helped our fair share of both commercial and domestic customers in our time. As solar comes to the forefront of people’s minds, the number of options open to you is greater than ever. This is a great thing for us as an industry and for you as a potential solar energy producer. But as a commercial entity in the commercial and industrial sector, diligence and care is of the utmost importance as we enter 2022.


“Solar PV remains the powerhouse of growth in renewable electricity, with its capacity additions forecast to increase by 17% in 2021 to a new record of almost 160 GW.”


The proliferation of solar PV globally has been reflected by its growth here in Ireland also. Many people now realise the efficiency of solar PV in our climate and debunking the myth of it being an isolated solution in sunnier climates such as Spain, Australia, and the like. With its growth in the Irish market and our experience of the industry on our island, it’s very important to remember that there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you are working with a suitable operator.

A recent installation for McArdle Skeath in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. They also installed a second system on their Hollystown premises in Dublin.

What to look for?


You need to establish that the solar company you want to partner with has the adequate experience or at least shown the adequate skills on similar installations to carry out the scale of installation you are planning. This should be the foremost question when going to tender – can they do it?

Longevity / History

The most indicative way of showing you will be there for a client in the future is to show how you have been there for other clients in the past. Of course, this isn’t all-encompassing when you consider that everyone must start somewhere. But it should be important for you to understand that if you are installing a solar PV system on your premises in 2022 and warranties for this are there in 2027, 2032 and so forth – these warranties may only exist on the basis that your chosen installer is still in operation – so it’s important to consider whether or not they will be there for you in 2025 and beyond. Some things to look at here would be credit checks and checking the companies financial standing through their previous years accounts filings. Simple tools such as SoloCheck or Credit Safe allow you to perform some simple financial due diligence. They can also make you aware of any backings behind the company. For example, we are 50% owned by SSE Airtricity which offers reassurance of our standing in the market now and long into the future.



When making the decision to pursue solar, you want to make sure you’re dealing with a trusted installer whereby the design of the project, the project managers and engineers managing this are in-house. When an installer is designing and managing a project in-house, they know that they’ll have full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the system post-installation. They’ll therefore go to the lengths required to make sure that the design of the system, product used, and installation measures are all of the highest quality to guarantee a high performing system is in place for many years afterwards.


For example, you could check the staff numbers of any given “supplier/installer” – low head count means that they will be outsourcing many of the required processes involved in designing and installing your system. Bringing in contract workers to design a project is not ideal as once that contract is over, the expertise leaves with it. With over 60 people directly employed by us here in Activ8 our full-time staff are here to bring you from onboarding right through to operation and maintenance in years to come.



It’s very important that high quality, tested product is used on your system. It is only through longevity and experience that a supplier can testify for the components they use. Dealing with inverters, panels and switch gear manufacturers over many years allows you to truly understand the reliability and ease of use that different product provide when they are installed and put into operation here in Ireland. It’s important that any selected installer has a relationship with suppliers built up over time – rather than using an installation partner that is choosing product based on price and availability for any given job.



This feeds into the quality of product and relationship management mentioned above as well as the overall health of the installer you are choosing. If there are product or installation issues several years post-installation, it’s important first of all that your chosen installation partner is still in operation and that they have the appropriate channels established to help deal with any potential product issues that may arise.

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.

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.


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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 Awarded ‘Best Solar Energy Solutions Provider 2020'

      Activ8 Solar Energies awarded ‘Best Solar Energy Solutions Provider' in the 3rd annual Irish Enterprise Awards

      We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have received this award on behalf of all our hard working staff

      It would be remiss of me to receive this award without a tone of caution in writing to our customers and followers as we celebrate this accolade. This award is down to the hard work and consistency of our staff over many, many years. This will be the 14th year of existence for what is Activ8 Solar Energies and while this award is directly attributable to our current staff, their efforts have been built upon the foundations of many previous staff members and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, both current and past.


      However, with the recent spread of COVID-19, these are uncertain times for businesses, but also for our families. We should all continue to follow expert advice from the HSE and informed government sources, as we are doing here in Activ8 Solar Energies.


      It is with this recent challenge and also this particular award, that we all look back on the growth of Activ8 Solar Energies over a fantastic 14 years and realise that as Irelands largest solar installer and with the backing of our partners SSE Airtricity that we are in a position to continue to help our customers as much as we possibly can and that we will continue to drive forward the renewable energy efforts in this wonderful country of ours.


      With that said, I want to thank all of our wonderful staff and wish health upon their families in the near future and the hope that our normal routines will seem to resume just as quickly as they have left us.


      Kind regards,

      Ciaran Marron
      Activ8 Solar Energies

      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.

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      ISEA Presentation 2017: Seeing Into The Future


      What a difference a year makes. In solar anyway.

      After one of our best summers here in Ireland, you would be forgiven for thinking I may be referring to the change in weather. But no, it wasn't changes in the sky, it was changes on the ground. The SEAI brought in the new solar PV grant for homeowners in July of this year and what a difference it has made. We had been lobbying for such measures over the past number of years and to be fair to the powers that be, they listened. Not only to us, but to research, to science, to economists and more. It makes sense.

      We have blogs, discussions, and interviews to show our past desires in this area. But maybe the most important reference we can show you is a presentation I gave at the ISEA conference in 2017. It was aptly titled: "The Challenges of Domestic Solar PV Without an Incentive" - if I was to present this now, it would be titled "The Success of Domestic Solar PV With an Incentive".

      Alas, here we are in November 2018 after our MD Ciaran Marron has presented upon the processes and procedures surrounding the grants and installation of these grant-aided solar PV systems. As one the leading solar installers in Ireland for well over a decade, Ciaran had the chance to pass on his knowledge around the processes surrounding solar PV and grant-aided work. Almost 10 years on from helping a customer complete his first SEAI grant application, Ciaran was happy to get this opportunity whilst also worrying about where the 10 years had gone...

      Either way now seems an appropriate time to look at the key points detailed in that exact presentation from 12 months ago and compare where we are as a nation and an industry right now.

      Early on, we compared the grant-aided structures around solar thermal technology, within which we were the leading installer going off the last recorded SEAI statistics.

      Comparing Solar Thermal & PV

      It's great now to be able to change much of the solar PV side with the introduction of the solar PV grant by SEAI, growing widespread uptake and slowly but surely, the visual growth of Irish rooftops showing solar PV and with the grant from the SEAI also comes quality control with meticulous work inspections bringing peace of mind to Irish homeowners.

      One of our other main points revolved around the idea that a gentle push is all the homeowner and the industry needed.

      Gentle Push

      Well... We got it.

      A gentle push has been provided, not only for the tried and test Solar PV but for the battery storage technology. As a company, we've found this has really taken off. As of November, around 25% of all installs now include battery storage added on with the customer benefitting from the additional €1,000 grant.


      A year ago, I argued that mass education on system attributes and capabilities can only come from experience within society.

      As a company, we have found in late 2018 that customers are far more familiar with what solar PV can do and its benefits to us here in Ireland.

      This has come from the proof being in the pudding. Customer recommendations being one. When you pair this with the publicity that initially came alongside the grant alongside continuous publicity from SEAI and news outlets. Public knowledge grows. With knowledge comes acceptance.


      Finally, as explained in our presentation last year, with incentives comes inspections and quality checks from governing bodies.

      We here at Activ8 widely approve more stringent checks on Solar PV works. This helps create standards that must be upheld by quality installers. Ensuring, that which is installed is installed for the long term. That it is safe and does what it says on the tin.

      It would be rude to take all the credit for our foresight on the above topics and presentation. A former colleague of mine (Maurice Murphy) wrote a dissertation on this exact topic in 2014, and lays out some wonderful points many of which are borrowed in my presentation. If this topic is of interest to you, I would suggest you read this dissertation in full in the link below. Covering topics from solar economics, the social, environmental and ethical drivers, right down to a funding piece which shows a cost neutral way for the economy to stimulate the growth in this sector.

      RENERWABLE ENERGY IN IRELAND - HAS THE GOVERNMENT MISSED A TRICK? - The Solar Photovoltaic Market in the Republic of Ireland: A Case Study

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