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Monday 24 July 2017

Solar panels to cut energy bills by more then 10pc

Joe MacGrath, chief executive of Tipperary County Council, stands in front of 180 solar photovoltaic panels on the Civic Offices in Nenagh
Joe MacGrath, chief executive of Tipperary County Council, stands in front of 180 solar photovoltaic panels on the Civic Offices in Nenagh
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Tipperary County Council says that a €325,000 investment in 800 solar panels on nine of its public buildings will see its annual energy bills drop 11pc.

The council says that libraries, fire stations, leisure centres and civic offices throughout Tipperary have had the solar panels installed.

The council says that the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland also contributed toward the cost of the solar panels.

“Tipperary County Council is already some six years ahead of schedule for reduced energy consumption in our buildings and facilities throughout the county,” said Joe MacGrath, chief executive of Tipperary County Council. “We now expect to achieve our 2020 target in 2014.”

Paul Kenny, chief executive of Tipperary Energy Agency, said: “with solar prices tumbling over the past decade and electricity prices rising, it was only a matter of time before solar energy was cheaper in Ireland. It’s time that we started playing catch-up with Germany and other EU countries. I expect to see solar play its part in Ireland’s transition to a low carbon, secure and prosperous economy.”

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