More than 3,000 stores across Ireland will be selling a new electric switch when the new year begins.
The move is part of a strategy to cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of the switch, which is expected to be rolled out across the country by early 2018.
Electricity suppliers will be able to sell the new switch at the end of April, but retailers will have to be prepared to sell it to consumers before the switch is available.
The switch will be installed on all residential and commercial premises and on motor homes and electric cars.
Electrician’s Manuals and Guides, an organisation that helps people buy and install new equipment, is working with suppliers to give the switch an official name.
“It’s going to be the biggest switch in the world,” said Alan Kelly, president of the Electricians’ Manuals Society, which represents electricians.
The switch needs to be fully integrated into the electrical grid, and the first part of that is the installation of the equipment.””
The switch is going to cost the industry between €1.2 billion and €1 billion.”
The switch needs to be fully integrated into the electrical grid, and the first part of that is the installation of the equipment.
“The switch, an upgrade of the old switch, is being manufactured by a company called Switch-to-Electric.
It has been designed to replace existing copper and aluminium and can be switched from a low-voltage to a high-voltages state.
Electricians can expect the switch’s costs to be around €60 to €70 per kilowatt-hour of power output.