A grant has been made available, in a bid to help dairy farmers to reduce their energy
The scheme is being offered by Teagasc is a joint venture with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Its main focus will be in trying to reduce the energy costs of Vacuum pumps found in dairy farms across the country. Vacuum pumps are accountable for up to 20% of a dairy farm's energy needs.
This scheme aims to encourage farmers to switch over to a new technology called a variable speed drive, which has been proven to reduce the consumption of vacuum pumps by over 60%. While it will save farmers money, it will also reduce noise pollution from these pumps.
It also saves a farmer having to get the pumps fixed very often, as with the new speed drive the pumps will be operating much slower. It also saves energy by adjusting the rate of air removal from the milking system by changing the speed of the vacuum pump motor to equal the rate
air is admitted to the system at a given vacuum level. All of the energy used to move air through the conventional vacuum regulator is saved.
The use of this speed drive could save farmers in excess of 10% of the electrical bills, making this scheme very useful indeed.
Who can apply:
The scheme is open to dairy farmers who are currently engaged in milk production and are registered with the Department of Agriculture as a herd owner and Tax compliant. They must fill in the relevant information needed for the grant application process. For more information see the guide on the Teagasc website here.
The scheme offers a grant for 50% of the costs of installation, with a cap of €4,500. Closing date to apply for the scheme is October 16th.