Uisce Éireann to splash out €70m on solar project

Irish Water was rebranded Uisce Éireann in January 2023

Niall Gleeson MD of Uisce Éireann. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fearghal O'Connor

Water utility Uisce Éireann has started a €70m solar energy project to install photovoltaic systems at water and wastewater treatment facilities nationally.

The plan to roll out solar panels to some of its over 1,700 plants follows a number of successful pilot projects.

An Uisce Éireann spokesman said it was “determined to lead by example in the decarbonisation of our day-to-day activities, in particular with regards to our usage of energy as one of the largest public sector energy users in Ireland.”

Solar power has already been installed at facilities in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, and Nenagh, Co Tipperary, but the spokesman did not say where future solar capacity is likely to be installed.

“Following the success of a number of pilot projects where solar energy upgrades were carried out to existing assets, we have now commenced the early stages of a tender process to identify suppliers for future renewable energy installations by way of a multi-year framework, with circa €70m of works and services being sought,” said the spokesman.

Suppliers are to commence works and services later this year or early next year.