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Steering the way on Solar Points- Moloney

A the recent meeting of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Andy Moloney tabled a motion for solar powered car points for disability bays as a start of bigger things to come.

Moloney debated the point that recent announcements from leading car companies such as Toyota who are trying to phase out the manufacture of diesel run cars and replaced with petrol-electric hybrid vehicles in their passenger fleet such as corolla, Auris,Avensis and RAV4.

Cllr Moloney said that there was no point in we sleeping on this as the major car giants are driving on with plans and we needed to be ready for the surge.

The first companies to have these cars on the road will be the Car Hire groups such as Hertz,Budget,Europacar and most car hire companies at our airports.

These will mainly be tourists visiting our sites and if we have services ready then we can steer them into our towns in Tipperary.

He argued that we should start with our disability bays where the solar panels can be used as a canopy for the bay, therefore giving the much needed shelter for our wheelchair users while charging.

We need to buy into this new phenomenon coming our way as our energy saving targets for 2040 will need to be met.

In a reply from the Tipperary County Council, they said that they are working with the Tipperary Energy Agency in gathering data to ascertain the demand and usage levels for this infrastructure. Currently,all-electric vehicle charging points are in control of the ESB. the funding of this infrastructure and ongoing operational costs will require input from the Department of Communications, climate action and environment. The next step is to develop a policy for the installations of such infrastructure in the county.

Research is ongoing into the suitability of using solar power to charge electric cars.

While formally seconding the motion, Cllr John Carroll, Nenagh, stated that this motion was one of the most important to hit the chambers in recent times in terms of energy, environment and a commitment to 2040 and should be taken very seriously.

He thanked Cllr Moloney for his innovative thinking and was only too delighted to row in behind him. There were no dissenting voices and the motion was passed.