Posted on Monday 9 July 2012 by Ulster Business
The joint venture between Amber Green Energy and Co Down firm, Global Solar Renewables will operate as Amber Green Solar and will focus on the development of the solar photovoltaic market in Northern Ireland.
As homeowners and businesses across the province struggle to pay rising energy bills, more and more people are looking at alternative ways of producing energy.
Dwyer O’Neill, chief executive of Armagh based Amber Green Energy, said the venture is an exciting step forward in developing the solar market.
He said: “Amber Green Energy is developing significant solar PV and solar thermal opportunities. We required an experienced MCS approved and NICEIC accredited installation partner to deliver the quality of installation and professional customer service expected by the Amber Green Energy brand.
“We are excited to be working with Global Solar Renewables to develop the emerging solar photovoltaic market.”
Solar PV captures the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. The cells don’t need direct sunlight to work and can generate energy on a cloudy day. The cells convert sunlight into electricity which can then be used to run household appliances and lighting.
Robert McNeill, sales and marketing director of Global Renewables Group, said: “There is a significant opportunity to build a solar market in Northern Ireland. With the application of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), companies and domestic households can generate their own energy and receive a generous payment from the Government for it. With energy prices continuing to rise, generating energy through solar power is attracting a lot of interest.
“People often think you need pure blue skies to generate electricity through Solar PV but our systems work brilliantly in ambient light. The amazing thing is that Northern Ireland has the same solar radiation as Wales, the Midlands, London and Munich – areas where large solar PV installations have taken place.”
Noel Gallagher, MD of Global Renewables Group, has worked tirelessly to obtain MCS, REAL Assurance and NICEIC accreditations to ensure that we are fully qualified to install Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) and Solar Thermal (hot water heating systems). These reliable renewable technologies are suitable to receive ROC’s and RHI, where applicable.
Noel Gallagher & Robert McNeill join Amber Green Solar as Board Members and will play a pivotal role in developing the Solar PV market in Northern Ireland.