Renewable Energy Installations
Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions have successfully integrated renewable technologies into numerous sites with many more at feasibility and planning stages. For most of these projects the overriding motivator has been a commercial one. The additional benefits of fuel security and carbon reduction will also become commercial factors in the medium term. These renewable technologies can help a business attempting to improve it's CSR efforts, or just reduce it's energy load and reduce energy bills. Examples of the renewable technologies GES have successful integrated up this point are CHP, District Heating, Solar Water Heating, Solar PV, Wind Turbines, Biomass Heating Systems and Heat Pumps.
The LIDL Group have been working alongside GES to install a 100KWp solar PV array on a LIDL store in Gorey, Co. Wicklow. The PV array is very successful producing close to the projected output. The PV array is a point of interest for store customers as GES also installed a live monitoring system to the shop floor. Customers can observe the real time production of green energy. This was the largest PV Array installed in Ireland at the time of installation in late 2016/early 2017. This is expected to save Lidl Gorey a massive €12,500 per year in energy costs.
This was a 100 KWp solar installation, generating 90,000 kWh/annum. GES acted as the project supervisor for this project, tendering for prices, corresponding with contractors, commissioning and insuring an optimal level of service and end product for the LIDL Group.
Green Energy Solutions were hired by Teagasc to carry out works on a number of it's offices and facilities around the country. It's head office just outside of Carlow town underwent an in depth heating assessment and upgrade. The Oak Park building in which the office is situated in dates back as far as the 1700s (pictured), however has been renovated numerous times. Green Energy Solutions completed a heating upgrade to the old drafty building. An assessment was carried out on the building to grasp how much heat was being wasted firstly before making recommendations to the building and implementing a new heating solution which should keep the building toasty for staff, especially during the winter months. Similar works were carried out in the Kilkenny office a number of months later.
Previously to this, a district heating system had been installed in the Athenry branch of the business. A CCTV upgrade was also carried out exterior to the building, linking to a security hub within the building.
EPA H.Q, Wexford
As a building which aimed to champion energy efficient design and sustainability, GES as the services engineers, made energy efficiency technology and renewable technology additions to the building. The new 2,800 square metre extension features a 30kW Solar PV, rainwater harvesting, connection to DHS which is heated from a miscanthus boiler which was also designed by Green Energy Solutions. The building optimised shading and passive ventilation to reduce energy costs. The firefighting pond was also utilized to provide cooling.
Due to the number of windows in the building, especially in the reception and hallway areas, a well ventilated space was a must. The windows retained heat which reduces the need for heating systems for a large proportion of the year, therefore reducing energy bills.
Green Energy Solutions have been carrying out energy works on behalf of the EPA on an on-going basis since 2010.
Tralee Town District Heating Scheme, Co. Kerry
An energy centre containing a 1MW Biomass Boiler, supplied by the local authority and local landowners, a District Heating Scheme feds the town low heat to the library, convent, housing and primary school. The pay-as-you-use-meter system allows customers to monitor their energy usage. The local community benefits from an indigenous fuel supply. The system had initial teething problems and the local authority requested NLCE to assess the system and to optimise it’s running. This resulted in a few adjustments as per Jasons recommendations and evaluations.
Claremorris Leisure Centre
Our Sustainability Engineer Shane applied for a grant to the LASPP on behalf of Claremorris Leisure Centre which granted up to 80% funding for the energy efficiency works. This grant allowed Claremorris Leisure Centre to install and integrate a 30kWp solar pv array on the roof of the building which would generate a proportion of the building's energy. The grant also allowed the installation of a CHP unit. The lighting, building management system and disabled access systems in the building were also upgraded in these works.
Green Energy Solutions helped with the replacement and upgrade of the heat and control systems in the Supervalu Store. The original heating system was overly complex and in need of replacing. BMS, Heating, Boilers, Ducts, Extraction fans and other functions were all upgraded. The outcome was €30,000 worth of annual energy savings for an initial €50,000 investment. This will benefit the businesses long term revenue streams which will allow for future energy upgrades which will subsequently reduce energy bills further.