Heating water for milking parlours can be very expensive. Clean Energy Ireland supply and install solar panels and preheat solar cylinders for individual dairy washing requirements.
Under the SEI managed Reheat grant programme, support of up to 30% of eligible costs is availabe for capital investment projects.
Grant Eligibility Criteria
There are eligibility criteria with which an application must comply:
- The applicant must have had a feasibility study or design study done to determine the appropriate size and type of heating system. (Clean Energy will complete this)
- Technical criteria including standards for each technology as listed in the Application Guide. (Clean Energy Ireland will complete this)
- The applicant must have a valid Tax Clearance Certificate.
Why install Solar in Milking Parlours?
Solar thermal is the cleanest form of renewable energy; it is also economic, contributing up to 70% of the milking parlour’s Bulk tank and milking machine hot water requirements during the milking season. Depending on your hot water demands and your current primary energy source a solar package has a payback period of approx 6 years. While this may seem a long time the useful life of the package should exceed 30 years.
Schematic diagram of a milking parlour solar heating system