Energy efficient technology will save dairy farmers up to 15% on their energy bills.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is collaborating with Teagasc to help dairy farmers reduce their energy use and save on electricity costs. The pilot scheme is funding high efficiency pumps which can dramatically reduce electricity consumption on dairy farms. The total fund is €250,000, with 80 dairy farms likely to benefit this year.
Commenting on the pilot scheme, Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of the SEAI, said:
“Working with Teagasc, we are seeking to ensure that the growth and development of dairy farming in Ireland is as sustainable as possible. Everyone in the agri-food sector has a responsibility to use less energy, and use cleaner energy where they can. Our farming community have been stewards of the land for generations in Ireland and have a key role to play in helping to tackle climate change.”
Prof Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director, commented:
“At present, with the uncertainties in world affairs, we need to improve our energy security by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. In the longer term we need to tackle global warming by reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. At an individual farm level an investment in energy efficiency or renewable technologies will reduce the high cost of energy inputs. It will also give a green image to our production that is of increasing importance in the market-place”
Projects funded provide valuable data and insights to support evidence based policy. The pilot will also help identify the right approach which can be rolled out to the broader dairy community.
The technologies covered under the scheme include Variable Speed Drive (VSD) Vacuum Pumps, VSD milk pumps and smart meters. Grant aid is available for up to 50% of total technology and installation costs. To qualify for the grant, participants must first apply to and get approval from SEAI. All installation works must be completed and grant request forms received by SEAI by Friday 20 October 2017. Participants must fit a smart meter or measure electricity consumption for at least one week before and after installation.
For further information, including the full terms and conditions, and application forms, contact SEAI by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-8082100, or contact your local Teagasc advisor.