County Council saves €30,000 with solar panels
Photovoltaic (PV) panels installed by a local authority in one of the biggest large-scale deployments across the country are saving the council €30,000 a year.
The panels were installed by Tipperary County Council on fire stations, libraries, civic offices and at the Nenagh leisure centre, in a project which increased Ireland's total PV capacity by 44pc.
The panels directly convert the sun's light into electricity, and have a lifespan of 25 years.
Solar panels are different as they use the sun to heat water.
New data shows that 800 panels installed in nine buildings owned by the council at a cost of €330,000 are generating 10pc more power than projected, and will pay for themselves in just over six years.
"The council is very pleased with the results that are now emerging after only one year," Tipperary chief executive Joe MacGrath said. "We would recommend to others that they should actively consider PV as part of their cost, efficiency and sustainability goals."
Paul Kenny from the Tipperary Energy Agency said the council had been a "catalyst for change" and that other agencies are following suit.