Sustainable energy sector a major component in growing economy

€60 million in business expected to be generated at SEAI’s Energy Show

Media Release

25th March 2015: More than €60 million is expected to be generated at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Energy Show 2015 which opened today at the RDS, Dublin and is the showcase for the sustainable energy sector, now worth €1.5 billion in Ireland.  170 companies will present their latest innovations ranging from building management systems and efficient lighting to electric vehicles and renewable technologies.  The Show is expected to attract 4,000 visitors over today and tomorrow (March 25th & 26th).

Speaking at the opening of SEAI’s Energy Show today, Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said: “The sustainable energy sector is a significant contributor to our economic recovery and it is already supporting 15,000 jobs and this figure is set to increase in the coming years.  As we develop as a green energy location, Ireland will add sustainable energy expertise and access to secure, clean energy to the list of factors that are successfully attracting foreign companies to Ireland.  Tangible evidence of this is that the Energy Show exhibition has grown 20% on last year, which is testament to the importance of this event on the business calendar and a demonstration that sustainable energy is a vital opportunity for Irish business.

SEAI Chief Executive Dr. Brian Motherway said: “Around €1.5 billion is being invested in sustainable energy technologies and services in Ireland annually.  The Energy Show is a great opportunity for businesses to see and hear about the latest innovations in the smart energy technology and services sector.  It is very encouraging to see the international interest in the Show with 30 overseas companies and 13 embassies represented here today. Ireland is well positioned to capitalise on this global market given our expertise in this area, as evidenced by the vibrant and successful businesses on display at the Energy Show today.”

The Energy Show will also feature an electric vehicle showroom, with suppliers and manufacturers offering free test drives in the latest available models of electric and hybrid vehicles including cars, vans and trucks. 

The Energy Show takes place today and tomorrow (March 25th & 26th) at the RDS, Dublin. Entry to the Show which will showcase the diversity of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies is free to business attendees.  For further information and a full list of free events visit www.seai.ie/energyshow

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