Mainstream Renewable Power awarded CPD accreditation from Engineers Ireland

20 Mar 2013

Eddie O'Connor (left), chief executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, receives accreditation from John Power, director-general of Engineers Ireland

Engineers Ireland has awarded sustainable energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) its CPD Accredited Employer standard following an audit of the company’s lifelong learning practices for its engineering professionals.

Established in 2008, Dublin-headquartered MRP develops and builds wind and solar energy plants both on and off-shore, operating out of locations in 11 other countries.

The company currently employs 68 engineers, and MRP chief executive Eddie O’Connor spoke about how the accreditation will help in completing future projects.

“Groundbreaking projects such as the Energy Bridge, which will see Mainstream building 5,000MW of wind energy in Ireland and exporting it to the UK from 2017, calls for new ways of solving complex issues,” he said. “The Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited employer framework certainly helps our people in this process, as well as giving Mainstream additional international recognition across all markets.”

John Power, director-general of Engineers Ireland, congratulated MRP on this award. “Engineers continue to have real career options and the demand for engineers of all backgrounds in Ireland is rising, especially in the energy, technology and biomedical areas,” he said. “Ireland needs more students choosing engineering in college. An engineering position in a renewable energy firm is an example of the career variety and opportunity that is open to engineering graduates in Ireland today.”

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.