Ireland’s largest photovoltaic solar panel project has just been completed.
Nine public buildings throughout Tipperary have been kitted out with massive solar panel arrays totalling 800 panels. Such buildings include fire stations, libraries, civic offices and a leisure centre. As a result of this Tipperary Co. Council project, Ireland’s total PV capacity has been increased by 44%. The main difference between photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels is that PV directly converts the sun’s light into electricity. Solar thermal panels heat hot water from the sun’s energy. Joe MacGrath, CE of Tipperary Co. Co. said: “We are already some six years ahead of schedule and expect to achieve our 2020 target in 2014. Working with the (Cahir based) Tipperary Energy Agency and others, our focus for the remainder of this decade will remain on energy efficiency and renewable energy across Tipperary”.