- “It isn’t easy to run the business with the inflation in price on raw materials but it is a start and we’re happy to be in this space.”
- “We hope to design and to continue designing innovative structures that will be installed in the four corners of Ireland.”
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We were trying to do something with steel and timber fabrication that could be done in the West of Ireland whilst also having a chance of being successful both nationally and internationally. If we went with the standard steel fabrication it would have been fine but we wanted to do something in the renewable space as well as it being innovative and new to the market, explained Ruairí O’Neill.
These (canopies) are something that you would see internationally in places like Spain to shade cars from the sun and heat.
“There is a certain cost in putting solar panels on a roof and for a little bit extra you are getting a useful outdoor space so we’re trying to kill two birds with one stone.
For the homeowner who is interested in installing solar panels, this will give them another option especially when it comes to houses that aren’t orientated right when it comes to the sun or perhaps it is a dormer bungalow that was built in the 1980’s with a lot of windows,’’ he enthused.
We have been very happy with the reaction to the business since starting out last year and we have got very good reaction both from solar installers in Ireland who we would be hoping to partner with but also from members of the public as well as commercial clients as they see it as something that can create outdoor spaces while at the same time give people the benefits of solar pv.
While almost all the components of a typical solar installation come from China, we hope to show that high-tech structures can be designed and fabricated in the West of Ireland.
“It isn’t easy to run the business with the inflation in price on raw materials but it is a start and we’re happy to be in this space,’’ concluded Mr O’Neill.