Energy and Rural Business Show

3 - 4 March 2020
East of England Arena


23 - 24 October 2019
The Hub, Kilkenny


 Debate on the continued growth of the renewable energy & low-carbon sectors in Ireland

Chair - Lorcan Allen, Agribusiness Specialist, Irish Farmers Journal (IFJ)

  • Cllr Malcolm Noonan, Spokesperson for Regional Development & Rural Affairs, Green Party
  • PJ McCarthy, Chair, Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI)
  • Barry Caslin, Energy and Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc
  • Tom Short, Renewables Project Team Chairman, Irish Farmer's Association (IFA)
  • Paddy Phelan, Manager, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea)


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Chair - Vincent Nally, Chairman IFA Forestry Committee, Irish Farmer's Association (IFA)

  • Complying with and applying for the Support Scheme for Renewable Head (SSRH) - Sean Finan, Chief Executive Officer, Irish BioEnergy Association (IRBEA)
  • A financial comparison of biomass heating vs oil/LPG, with examples - Ger Crosse, Managing Director, Woodco Renewable Energy Ltd
    • View Ger's presentation here.
  • Supplying biomass fuel – the customer perspective - Joseph Spollen, Biomass Supply Manager, Bord Na Mona
    • View Joseph's presentation here.

Chair - Michael McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

  • The solar PV grants available under the TAMS on-farm investment scheme - Michael O'Donoghue, Agricultural Engineer, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM)
    • View Michael's presentation here.
  • How farmers and rural communities can benefit using solar PV and battery storage - Pat Smith, Managing Director, Local Power Ltd
    • View Pat's presentation here.
  • Trends in the Solar Industry and key considerations for farmers in relation to solar farms - Edon Byrnes, Senior Associate, DWF
    • View Edon's presentation here.

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Chair - Morgan Burke, Board Director, Cré- Composting & Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland

  • Biogas supports available and required mobilise an Irish Biogas Industry - Sean FinanChief Executive Officer, Irish BioEnergy Association (IRBEA)
  • A comparison of the feedstock choices and benefits - Lalitha Gottumukkala, Chief Innovation Officer, Celignis
    • View Lalitha's presentation here.
  • Owning & operating a biogas plant - a farmer's view - David McDonnell, Director, GreenGas AD Plant


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