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Dairy co-operatives join forces in FarmGen collaboration

Tirlán and Dairygold have joined forces to expand the renewable energy solutions programme, FarmGen, and make it available to more farming families across Ireland. 
Pictured at the launch were Sean O Brien, chair, Dairygold Co-Operative Society; dairy farmer, David Russel, Ballyporeen, Co. Tipperary; John Murphy, chair, Tirlán.

FarmGen solar PV programme was launched by Tirlán in 2019 and, since then, the company says it has seen farm businesses demonstrate a keen interest in embracing sustainable technologies. A large number of Tirlán farm families have installed a range of solar-powered energy FarmGen systems since they were first introduced, according to Tirlán. Now, as part of this new partnership, Dairygold suppliers can also now also avail of the solar PV programme as part of the switch to renewable energy solutions to reduce on-farm emissions and lower energy bills.
The solar-powered bundle is available through the programme’s experienced technical partner, PV Generation. They will supply and install state-of-the-art solar PV systems along with smart monitoring on farms. As part of this solution, FarmGen will manage the Government’s TAMS and SEAI grant application processes and submission.

Speaking at the launch of the new collaboration, Tirlán chair John Murphy said: “We are delighted to work together with Dairygold to extend the bespoke FarmGen offering to even more farm families. Farm families work with nature and are keen to embrace renewable energy on farm.
“As co-operatives, we have a long history of showing industry leadership and working together to innovate and deliver solutions for our communities. We look forward to working together to continue to bring the latest renewable energy technologies to the farming community to enhance the environmental and economic sustainability of family farms.”
Dairygold chair, Seán O’Brien said: "By partnering with Tirlán, we’re extending the geographical reach of this turnkey solution and making it possible for more farmers to adopt renewable energy on their farms in a manner that is efficient for all involved. The FarmGen programme is yet another positive step in the right direction in our efforts to reduce on farm emissions and contribute to a more sustainable dairy sector.”
The bespoke FarmGen systems are specifically designed to power energy-intensive processes on farm, such as milk cooling, vacuum pumps, water heating and more. Depending on the system size and battery bundle, FarmGen can deliver energy savings of typically between 20 per cent and 50 per cent per annum, according to Tirlán.