Visitor boom for Kilkenny for Energy Now Expo Ireland

Experts to discuss merits of Sustainable Technologies at Cillin Hill - October 24 and 25

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Visitor boom for Kilkenny for Energy Now Expo Ireland

Energy Efficiency and Storage session at Energy Now Expo Ireland chaired by Paddy Phelan from the 3 Counties Energy Agency

Kilkenny and the wider south east are in line for a major visitor boost in the run up to the October Bank Holiday Weekend as the Energy Now Expo Ireland returns to Cillin Hill on the edge of the city.

The free national event on Wednesday, October 24, and Thursday, October 25, is held in association with the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc. With a lineup of almost 50 industry experts, Energy Now Expo Ireland offers visitors a one-off opportunity to hear from leading lights and experts over the course of two-days for free, the organisers say.

In addition to the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc, other industry partners include ICSA (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association), ITGA (Irish Timber Growers’ Association), RGFI (Renewable Gas Forum of Ireland) and 3CEA, the Kilkenny-based independent energy agency working primarily in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

The massive two-day event is shaping up to be this year’s foremost expo for farmers and landowners who are interested in the merits of sustainable technologies. Leading experts from Ireland and across Europe will be discussing the latest developments in renewable technologies and their thoughts on the forthcoming changes to legislation.

“Our vision was to create a conference that featured all of the leading lights in renewables that visitors to the show could learn from,” said David Jacobmeyer, Event Director of Energy Now Expo Ireland.

David continues: “We’ve created that and more with a varied and exciting mix of speakers from Ireland, the UK and Brussels, that will leave our delegates more informed, inspired and most importantly, with the knowledge required to inform decisions regarding renewable technology in the months and years ahead.”

Panel discussions on the opening day will feature central figures such as Tom Short, IFA Renewables Chairman; Ray Langton from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who will be giving an overview of the new support scheme for renewable heat and Des O’Toole, President of the Irish Bioenergy Association.

Day two discussions include an Energy Efficiency and Storage session, chaired by Paddy Phelan from the 3 Counties Energy Agency. Emer Burton, a programme manager with the SEAI, who will demonstrate how home and landowners can make their property more energy efficient and avail of SEAI grants.

 Closing the two-day conference is the Solar session featuring Patrick Kent, President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association. Patrick will be joined on stage by speakers who will discuss the ‘applications and benefits for Solar PV in an agricultural environment’. The event will also feature an update from SEAI on the domestic solar PV grant.

Throughout both days, focused sessions will investigate the key areas for visitors including Biomass, Wind, Hydropower, Biogas and Solar.  Highlights on day one include Michael McEnery, Director of NRGE – the company that’s on the cusp of launching Ireland's first biomethane to grid plant. Visitors will also hear from Nick Finding – the first farmer in the UK to create a biomethane plant that’s been in operation for six years.