Clean Technologies
Renewable Energy



After 3 years of thinking about setting up an eco-business, Colm Byrne took the leap in 2002, prompted by a desire to use his technical knowledge and sales ability to have a positive impact on the planet. His business now comprises three sections: (a) Glas Energy, which provides renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions; (b) Glas Learning which delivers training courses in energy, green building and sustainability and (c) Glas Energy Management Solutions, which monitors and manages energy consumption. The company has developed its own software - ‘TellMe Energy Monitor’ - and provides consultancy and training services to commercial energy users to assist in reducing demand.

LEADER provided 50% financing for the development of an ‘Energy Cabin’ concept and has approved 50% financing for a technical training centre for renewable technologies and low energy building design.

Colm is delighted that he started his eco-business: “How we spend our time on this earth and what we choose to do as a career can either help or hinder the environment and all the species we share this planet with. Man has been destroying the planet for many years and we must all now examine our actions and try to reverse this damage. Now I am highly motivated and feel like I am making a difference, spreading a positive message and protecting the planet, creating green jobs and saving people money.”


Glas is developing a reseller channel for both its energy monitoring solution and its range of technologies. Its biomass solutions also create a value chain for the supply of the fuel with local farmers and contractors supplying wood chip, logs and wood pellets for its boilers, benefiting local economies. Their energy-saving services have reduced overheads for clients, allowing them to manage cashflow and sustain their businesses.

Colm says “All of our customers have reduced their carbon footprints and now have a more sustainable source of energy to meet some or all of their energy demand. With over 1,000 completed projects - each saving between 1 tonne (solar water heaters) and up to 50 tonnes (large biomass boilers) of CO2 emissions per year - our environmental impact as a business has been quite significant to date.”

Colm’s vision for Glas is to continue to supply high quality products and services as well as innovate, educate and implement. His ultimate dream is to make significant profit that can be used to assist in global poverty alleviation through renewable energy projects in the developing world. 

Callan Boiler
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