On Tuesday, 21st August Gurteen Agricultural CollegeOn Tuesday, 21st August Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary will play host to thousands of farmers and industry representatives during Energy in Agriculture 2018.
Launched recently by Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment,Denis Naughten, Energy in Agriculture 2018 will explore the latest renewable energy opportunities to use clean technology, drive effciency and manage business costs in Irish agriculture. The event, which is in its third year, is organised by Teagasc, Tipperary Co Council, IFA, Tipperary Energy Agency and Gurteen College. Speaking at the launch on the farm of Gerard Coyle, Athleague, Co. Roscommon, Minister Naughten said: “Renewable energy will have a transformative positive impact in rural areas and will offer new farm diversification opportunities. I will be announcing details shortly of a planned pilot scheme to support micro generation, which will initially target solar PV for self-consumption. This and other new schemes such as the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and the renewable electricity Support Scheme (RESS) will make clear the Government’s commitment to long term support of Ireland’s renewable industries. Communities are the very fabric of the new RESS and the scheme will provide pathways and supports for community-led renewable electricity projects. Energy in Agriculture2018 provides an ideal platform to highlight the role that renewables and the bio-economy can play in overcoming our energy and sustainability challenges.”Those attending this free of charge, Department ofAgriculture Knowledge Transfer approved Energy inAgriculture event can expect practical demonstrations on renewable energy production in all agricultural sectors as well as an energy expo exhibitor arena with cost saving tips to reduce energy bills.