The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has partnered with Bord Gáis Energy to host two online information meetings for farmers interested in investing in solar PV to reduce costs on their farms. The meetings are scheduled for April 19 and April 25, from 8:00p.m-9:00p.m. The topics covered during the meetings will include an outlook for the energy market, what farmers should consider before investing in solar, information on Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS 3) with respect to solar, and an overview of IFA and Bord Gáis Energy’s newly launched solar solution.
Paul O’Brien, IFA Environment Committee chair, stated that there is a lot of misinformation and uncertainty about solar power among farmers, despite their interest in its potential on Irish farms. Farmers are unsure about what type of system might work for them and their business, whether it represents good value for money in the medium- to long-term, and how to apply for the recently announced 60% TAMS grant now available for solar. These online information meetings aim to provide farmers with clear, accurate information that will help them decide if solar is right for them and the steps required to put it in place.
According to the IFA representative, the process of investing in solar power is often longer than people realise, and the TAMS deadline of June 16 is fast approaching for farmers who want to apply for the grant. James Kelly, IFA director of organisation, added that their farmer members must have all the information they need before deciding whether or not to make this investment. The IFA has been inundated with queries and decided to hold these meetings in response to this demand.
Farmers who wish to attend the free online meetings must register beforehand on the IFA website. The IFA and Bord Gáis Energy’s newly launched solar solution will also be discussed during the meetings.
Solar power has become an increasingly popular option for farmers in recent years. It can help reduce energy costs, provide a reliable source of energy, and reduce a farm’s carbon footprint. However, the initial investment required for solar panels can be significant, and many farmers are unsure about the long-term value of such an investment.
The TAMS grant, which covers 60% of the cost of installing solar panels, has made the investment more attractive to farmers. However, the deadline for applications is fast approaching, and farmers who are interested in taking advantage of this grant should act quickly.
The online information meetings hosted by the IFA and Bord Gáis Energy will provide farmers with the information they need to make an informed decision about investing in solar power. By attending these meetings, farmers will learn about the different types of solar systems available, the costs involved, and the long-term benefits of investing in solar power.
In addition to reducing energy costs, solar power can also help farmers to become more self-sufficient when it comes to energy. This is particularly important in rural areas where access to the grid may be limited. By investing in solar power, farmers can reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to a more sustainable future for Ireland.
Overall, the online information meetings hosted by the IFA and Bord Gáis Energy are an excellent opportunity for farmers to learn about the benefits of investing in solar power. By providing clear, accurate information, the IFA hopes to help farmers make an informed decision about whether or not to invest in solar power.