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Teagasc to hold energy in horticulture conference

Seven presentations will be made on the day covering everything from tax incentives to one grower’s experience of installing photovoltaic (PV) panels.

This event aims to update the industry in aspects of energy use in their businesses.



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24 March 2019

The Teagasc Energy in Horticulture seminar will take place at the Teagasc Ashtown Conference and Training Centre in Dublin 15, on Wednesday April 3 from 10am to 12.30pm.

“This [event] will be of interest to all nurseries looking to reduce their energy bills, and in particular if you are heating glass or running refrigeration units. Similar events have been run for the poultry and dairy sectors. Attendees have been pleasantly surprised that there is generous government support and tax advantages to some of the technologies.”, said Dónall Flanagan, nursery stock / ornamentals specialised advisor at the Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre.

The event aims to update the industry in aspects of energy use in their businesses. The seminar will introduce attendees to the Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland’s (SEAI) Exceed Programme; inform attendees about on-farm electricity generation using photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines; inform about the National Development Plant (NDP) grant availability and tax incentives; provide the very latest on the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat; and hear one grower’s experience of installing PV. At an individual farm-level, investment in renewable energy will reduce the high cost of energy inputs. It will also give a green image to your product to give you the edge in the market place.


  • 9:30am: Registration and refreshments.
  • 10:00am: Carbon Emissions, Climate Change and Horticulture, a presentation by Dr Michelle Kearney, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).
  • 10:20am: SEAI supports for the Horticultural Sector, a presentation by Andrea Carroll, SME programme manager, SEAI.
  • 10:40am: Tax incentives for Energy Investments, a presentation by Declan McEvoy, head of tax, Irish Farms Accounts Co-operative (IFAC).
  • 11:00am: Solar PV, Battery technology, Connecting to the Grid, a presentation by Paddy Phelan, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA).
  • 11:20am: Support Scheme for Renewable Heat,a presentation by Barry Caslin, energy and rural development specialist, Teagasc.
  • 11:40am: Putting Energy Efficiency into Practice, a presentation by Tommy O’Shea, O’Shea Farms.
  • 12:00pm: The Application of Small and Medium-Sized Wind Turbines in Horticulture, a presentation by Sean Ganley, C&F Green Energy.

If interested in attending, be sure to register for the event.

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