Tirlán and Dairygold forge partnership to expand sustainable energy initiative
17 November 2023
Tirlán and Dairygold have entered a partnership to further strengthen the dairy sector’s sustainability efforts by collaborating to bring the renewable energy solutions programme FarmGen to more farm families across Ireland.
Tirlán launched its FarmGen Solar PV programme in 2019 and has since seen farm businesses demonstrate a keen interest in embracing sustainable technologies, with a large number of Tirlán farm families installing a range of turnkey solar-powered energy FarmGen systems. The FarmGen systems are specifically designed to power energy-intensive processes on farms, such as milk cooling, vacuum pumps and water heating.
Dairygold suppliers can avail of the solar PV programme as part of the switch to renewable energy solutions to reduce on-farm emissions and lower energy bills. Dairygold and Tirlán milk suppliers can avail of 100% flexible financing for the FarmGen installation on their farms.
The solar-powered bundle is available through the programme’s technical partner, PV Generation. As part of this solution, FarmGen will manage the Government’s TAMS and SEAI grant application processes and submission for financing if required.
John Murphy, chairperson, Tirlán, said: “The new collaboration is a clear indication of the importance Tirlán places on continuously innovating to meet our Living Proof sustainability targets, and is in line with the government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
“As co-operatives, we have a long history of showing industry leadership and working together to innovate and deliver solutions for our communities. We look forward to working together to continue to bring the latest renewable energy technologies to the farming community to enhance the environmental and economic sustainability of family farms.”
Seán O’Brien, chairman, Dairygold, said: “Our collaboration with Tirlán shows not only Dairygold’s dedication to meeting our ambitious emissions targets but also demonstrates how beneficial it can be when industry leaders come together to achieve a common goal.
“By partnering with Tirlán, we’re extending the geographical reach of this turnkey solution and making it possible for more farmers to adopt renewable energy on their farms in a manner that is efficient for all involved. The FarmGen programme is yet another positive step in the right direction in our efforts to reduce on farm emissions and contribute to a more sustainable dairy sector.”