Sunny look at boss solar energy

  • Sunny look at boss solar energy
    Independent.t. E.
    It wasn’t exactly a shot in the arm for the solar industry, but the recent steps taken by the government to encourage homeowners to look at the sun as an alternative to traditional electricity was approved vendors. At least Ciaran Marron, Executive Director of Monaghan-based selected activ8 solar energy, considered it a step in the right direction.

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It wasn’t exactly a shot in the arm for the solar industry, but the recent steps taken by the government to encourage homeowners to look at the sun as an alternative to traditional electricity was approved vendors. At least Ciaran Marron, Executive Director of Monaghan-based selected activ8 solar energy, considered it a step in the right direction.

Minister of environment Denis Naughten has just announced new grants toward installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels and batteries, this means that homeowners can receive €700 per 1kWp panels, up to a total of €3,800 in the same time, the battery will be subsidized in the amount of 1000 Euro per unit.

The idea is that this will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonization of electricity at the same time.

Not to be confused with the technology of solar thermal panels to help generate hot water, excess electricity generated by photovoltaic panels can be aimed at the implementation of the national energy system.

“Solar PV allows both domestic and commercial users to save money on their energy bills. Although this is the same technology system for domestic customers will be different for commercial users, given the huge differences in energy needs,” Marron said, “the Sunday independent”.

He added that customer accounts will fall as a result, the grants, but the government should extend the scheme of inclusion of the business community.

“On the domestic side, on the solar grants announced recently, also included a €1,000 grant for the technology of battery storage. Although domestic customers could save up to 60pc of their accounts without battery, which includes such will allow customers to use more energy that they produce.

“Commercial customers tend to have much more system and battery is not so important, given that in most cases, energy production is at its highest level when the demand is there to match in the daytime. Whether domestic or commercial, I think it will see a roof covered with solar PV panels. It is a step in the right direction, but there are opportunities for the commercial sector, too – I think we will see solar panels on the roofs of businesses in the future.”

However, he acknowledged that the recently announced incentives will be too late for our purpose of reducing carbon emissions by 2020.

“Here in Ireland we were indecision and fear of getting it wrong has crippled us into inaction. Although we may have been slow adapters, it gave the strength to be able to learn from the mistakes of other EU countries and use their boards as an example.

“One of the reasons is that this is not the case that all renewable energy sources have been ignored. We see him through the Irish landscape, with great emphasis on the production of wind energy. Fortunately, the government and others now know that solar PHOTOVOLTAIC perfectly complements our existing wind infrastructure. So I think there are many reasons for our slow approach to the sun, but as of now, it is an exciting industry. Although we still lag behind the rest of Europe,” he said.

Do we.

Ireland is quite natural to achieve in 2020 and 2030 in the area of climate change, according to the recently published climate annual review of the Advisory Council to change until 2018.

Following last year’s annual review, Ireland is now in an even worse position. Greenhouse Ireland gas in 2016, the emission projections to 2035 shows that we are far behind when it comes to addressing climate change.

This should not be a surprise that Ireland ranks first in the list, the second worst of the member States of the EU in the fight against climate change, according to the network for action in climate protection (can), which is the largest coalition of non-governmental organizations in Europe dealing with energy and climate.

And in 2018, the final report concluded that all member States of the EU lag behind the Paris agreement on climate change efforts to limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees, the most criticism was reserved for this country and in Eastern and Central Europe, and it warned that we face “annual-compliance the amount of 500 million euros.”

He also noted that emissions from agriculture and transport is greatly increased.

Agriculture and business sectors, for example, a huge growth opportunity for the company, said Marron and should be addressed in the framework of the renewable energy of the Government.

“The UK already stimulated rooftop solar panels with a preferential tariff. I think a very similar model to the Irish commercial and agricultural consumers will be a perfect fit. This approach makes private consumption and the installation, we find ourselves in against our low carbon objectives indicates the self-consumption model.

“Striking a balance between creating a meaningful commercial incentive that encourages self-consumption is something that would go a long way in helping businesses to accept and buy into renewable energy,” he added.

“It’s just like any industry, the lessons learned in the UK and we are fortunate to be part of this. We have created a business in Newry in 2012 and we learned a lot from that and to the high standards of installation and maintenance, we are now brought to the installation of solar panels in Ireland,” he said.

The structure of the selected activ8 earlier this year changed when the SSE Airtricity came in as an investor.

SSE acquired from 40 PCs activ8 selected at the beginning of the year and has the opportunity to take an additional share in the next few years.

These investments (amount not disclosed) brings great growth opportunities for the company, which expects profit of about $ 450 000 on a turnover of approximately 4.8 million euros in 2017, according to Marron.

And although most of the company’s business solar thermal installations and stands currently 70pc, Marron expects thermal and solar PV to hit parity at some stage in the next 12 months.

“Being the market leader in solar technology over the past eight years and is now working with Ireland’s largest provider of wind energy, activ8 selected and SSE Airtricity will bring a unique offering for our domestic and commercial client base, including SSE Airtricity energy supply by 750,000 to buyers throughout the island of Ireland.

“This has allowed us to grow faster than we thought possible in the SSE Airtricity able to rely on our knowledge of the Irish solar energy it also gave us the opportunity to learn from them and solve the problems we face,” he said.

“We believe that following our partnership with SSE Airtricity and the recent announcement of a grant for solar selected activ8 will increase our turnover by 50pc year on year for the next three years. We are still in the early stages of our partnership with SSE Airtricity, as time passes, our goals will change and together we will touch the ceiling of the Irish solar energy higher and higher,” Marron added.

The company has 45 employees, and indirectly another 20 agents, engineers and electricians is already installed more than 7000 solar energy systems across the island of Ireland.

His largest project to date, in partnership with SSE, is the installation of a 1,448-panel on the roof for a 2300 sq ft under SSE Arena in Belfast, which generates 420kWp solar energy.

The company’s activity started in 2006 at the peak of the boom, as Ciaran Marron Electrical, specializing in total electrical and mechanical solutions, which then became the chosen activ8 energies Ltd.

It grew by the work of eight specialists for 2008, but at this stage was falling into recession and the debt of some works.

Said Marron was either to follow his destiny or diversification – the company chose the second path.

It has concentrated its capabilities in solar thermal modernization and guidance and to serve a greater number of homeowners want to take control of their increasing energy consumption and, by 2009, selected activ8 completion of all existing contracts and focus solely on this market.

After analyzing solar thermal markets in the UK and Austria, we developed a new business plan, added Marron.

“Through the experience of studying in Austria for solar thermal installations on the new version and after seeing the success of modernization of the heat of the sun throughout Europe, we decided to focus on this as a business. Despite the fact that people’s attitudes began to change and with the economic downturn in hand, people wanted to focus on reducing costs and improving their current home and don’t want to build or migrate.

“Within 12 months of this decision, we have become the largest solar installation in Ireland, and we continue to be. Hand in hand with this came the opportunity to enter the market of solar panels in Northern Ireland with subsidies that were introduced,” he said.

The business plan certainly seems to be working.

“In fact, one of our biggest challenges now is finding qualified staff,” he said.

Leaving the UK is the next big challenge, as for all Irish businesses.

However, Marron said that despite its location on the border, because the main company in the market of the Republic of Ireland is somewhat buffered.

“Obviously, the great thing about a British exit from the EU is uncertainty and we do import some of our products from the UK. But we should not have to worry about the British exit from the EU, as some other Irish companies, given that our target market in the Republic of Ireland. Our partnerships with suppliers to reach around the world and we are lucky as working with suppliers outside of the UK, we already have relationships,” he said.

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