Green Ó Cúiv plans to come off grid

Deputy Eamon O Cuiv

By Tim Ryan

A Galway TD is proving his green credentials – by coming off-grid, at home and on the road.

Deputy Eamon Ó Cúiv reveals details of how he planned to make his own home self-sufficient on the energy front – and then to charge his car at night with the western winds that pass over his house.

Speaking during a debate on a Sinn Féin Private Member’s Bill on microgeneration, the former Minister said he put in solar panels which have worked extremely well in providing hot water.

“I have also been anxious to take further steps to reduce the electricity usage in my home, not only by improving its insulation but by generating power,” he said.

“We have spoken a great deal here about photovoltaic generation, or solar panels, but I had the idea of getting a domestic wind turbine as I am on a hill with plenty of space around me and no neighbours to complain.

“However, the one inhibitor of this plan was that I could not sell the surplus production to the grid. Everyone gives out about poor rural people and all of the fossil fuels we burn in our motor vehicles.”

Deputy Ó Cúiv said his next plan was to charge a car at night from the winds passing over the area in which he lives thereby reducing his personal fossil fuel usage.

“I believe that if a lot of people each do a little, it will have a major impact,” he said.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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