Liam Ryan, The Rower, Kilkenny, milks 120 cows through a 21-unit herringbone parlour.
Cows are turned out to pasture during the day before being housed overnight where they consume zero-grazed grass.
With a view to saving money and harnessing some free energy, the Kilkenny-based dairy farmer installed a 20-kW solar panel system with the assistance of AEI.
“I installed it because I am interested in green energy – I think it is the way forward. Hopefully, it will also keep down my energy costs.” Liam explained.
“I heard about AEI through my neighbour who had already contacted them. I contacted the office and Darren called out to assess the farm. He checked my ESB bills and recommended a 20 KW system."
He commended AEI’s level of professionalism and the advice the company provided in relation to grants and subsidies.“The installation process was seamless, and it did not interrupt the day-to-day running of the farm.”
How does it work?
Daylight strikes the solar panels and these panels generate an electrical current. This electricity passes down into a box called an inverter and from there, it goes to your fuse board and to every appliance in the building.
If there is excess electricity, it goes to a battery or back to the grid. If there is a shortfall in electricity, the balance is taken from the grid. No maintenance is required, according to the company, as its system has no moving parts.
“I would recommend AEI and their solar panels because I believe green energy is the future of farming in Ireland.” the farmer concluded.
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Video produced and edited by TF Media