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Emporia Vue Energy Monitor | European Review

Why Monitor Your Electricity Use? If you want to reduce your electricity consumption, a good place to start is by measuring it accurately. The old-fashioned way to do this was to read your electricity meter daily. But today there are much more advanced ways to monitor your electricity use. Specifically, you can now buy a …

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Emissions Reductions: One Key Sector That’s Already On Track

Ireland is behind on reducing emissions. However, one key sector of our economy is already right on track to with decarbonising: Electricity generation. But can we reach even higher targets for variable renewable power by 2030? To answer this question, we first need to understand our current electricity generation mix: Ireland’s Electricity Generation Mix for …

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d-Lumen: A Proposed System for Cost-Effective Water Heating From Solar PV

This is an idea I had a few months ago. After lots of research I’ve decided not to develop it, at least for the moment. However, I will share the proposal in case it might be useful for somebody else. Perhaps you’ll build on the idea or adapt it idea for a better use. Click …

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What’s Up With Smart Meters in Ireland?

What Exactly is a Smart Meter? To understand smart meters, your first need to understand old-style electricity meters. Old-style electricity meters are very simple: The only thing they do is keep a tally of how much electricity has been used since the meter was installed, just like the mile counter on your car. Smart meters …

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Pumped Showers Vs Instantaneous Showers

There are two main kinds of electric shower used in Ireland, and they work in very different ways: Pumped showers are fed with both hot and cold water. They use a mixing valve to blend them together to provide water at a comfortable temperature for the user. Instantaneous Electric Showers are fed with cold water …

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Calculating Net Present Value for Solar PV Systems (For Businesses)

Note: The easiest way to calculate solar NPV is with our handy Solar NPV Online Calculator. Solar PV is a big investment, and you need to carefully consider the cost and return before going ahead. Net Present Value (NPV) is a calculation that can help you to decide if solar PV is a good idea …

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PV Panel Backsheets: Design and Performance

If you’ve looked into solar PV, you’ve probably heard words like “all-black”, “bifacial”, or “all glass”. These terms refer to what’s on the back of your PV panel. Backsheets matter because they affect the appearance and performance of your PV system. Read on to learn about the four types of solar panel backsheets. White EVA …

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Commercial Solar Power Purchase Agreements

The Problem Solar PV can be a lucrative investment for commercial electricity users. Many businesses have the perfect combination of high electricity use and lots of roof space. Economies of scale also help with the cost-effectiveness of large commercial systems. Put together, these factors can translate into a very high rate of return from commercial …

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Solar Panels Planning Permission Ireland 2021

Planning Permission In Ireland, you generally need planning permission to build or to modify a house. You can get planning permission for this kind of work by applying to your local council. But do you need planning permission for solar panels in Ireland? 12 Square Metre Solar Panel Planning Permission Exemption There’s a planning permission …

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Solar PV Vs Solar Thermal: Which is Better?

The basic difference between solar PV (photovoltaic) and solar thermal is that PV produces electricity while thermal produces hot water. But which is the better option for Irish households? Potential Savings are Higher With Solar PV Water heating uses a lot of energy1, so solar thermal can give you big savings on your bills. However, …

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