The Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, announced a new micro and small scale electricity generation programme in April 2008. The programme will assess technical, financial and regulatory issues surrounding the deployment of small and micro scale generation technologies in Ireland and will provide grant aid for around 50 pilot installations.
The initiation of the pilot trial of small and micro scale generation technologies that will lead to successful implementation of good quality projects yielding meaningful information in a short timeframe is a priority action in the micro-generation programme.
As part of the overall programme, SEI will be carrying out a field trial of generation technologies. A call for proposals will be published in the near term and will be for single and 3-phase domestic/commercial small and micro scale generation installations to include wind, solar photovoltaic and hydroelectric technologies. Up to 50 appropriate good quality installations will be supported under this call for proposals. This consultation principally relates to the proposals for the design and administration of the pilot.
The pilot field trial will investigate and test technical, market and regulatory issues associated with their installation, network connection and operation and generation.
The call for proposals will be discretionary, and proposals will be evaluated to select sites that give a reasonable geographic dispersion of installations and to facilitate the evaluation of a range of technologies in a variety of different sites.
Individual applications for each installation, submitted by a site host manager and co-signed by the equipment supplier are required. The application form and application guide will be available from http://www.seai.ie/ in October.