Visitor boom brings energy here

    Powerful man: Paddy Phelan of 3 Counties Energy Agency

    OUR CITY and county are in line for a major visitor boost.

    Energy Now Expo Ireland returns to Cillin Hill on the periphery of our city on October 24 and 25.

    The event is in association with the Irish Farmers’  Association and Teagasc. 

    With almost 50 industry experts, Energy Now Expo Ireland offers visitors a one-off opportunity to hear from experts over two-days for free.

    Other partners include the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association, the Irish Timber Growers’ Association, Renewable Gas Forum of Ireland and 3CEA, the Kilkenny-based independent energy agency.

    The event should be a foremost expo for farmers and landowners interested in sustainable technologies.

    Experts will discuss the latest developments in renewable technologies and will analyse changes to legislation.

    “We have a varied and exciting mix of speakers who will informe, inspire and with the knowledge required to inform decisions regarding renewable technology in the future,” said event director David Jacomeyer.

    Panel discussion features Tom Short, IFA Renewables Chairman, Ray Langton, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Des O’Toole, President Irish Bioenergy Association.

    There is an Energy Efficiency and Storage session, chaired by Paddy Phelan, 3 Counties Energy Agency.

    Emer Burton, a programme manager with the SEAI will demonstrate how home and landowners can make their property more energy efficient and avail of grants.

    A Solar session will feature Patrick Kent, President Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’.

    Speakers will discuss ‘applications and benefits for Solar PV in an agricultural environment’.

    The event will also feature an update from SEAI on the domestic solar PV grant.

    Focused sessions will investigate key areas for visitors including Biomass, Wind, Hydropower, Biogas and Solar.  

    Highlights include Michael McEniry, Director of NRGE – the company on the cusp of launching Ireland’s first biomethane to grid plant.

    Visitors will hear from Nick Finding – the first farmer in the UK to create a biomethane plant that’s been in operation for six years.