SEI Micro and small scale-generation pilot trial – Consultation

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.

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Challenge of Sustainability and SESI Meeting

The Challenge of Sustainability 2008, will incorporate the next meeting of Solar Energy Society of Ireland (SESI)! It takes place in Dundalk IT on Friday June 20th. We are hoping for a good turn-out! The Challenge of Sustainability 2008 is organised by the Cross Border Sustainable Energy Partnership (CBSEP), an initiative of Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Queen’s University Belfast.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the constituency of the CBSEP and to explore how academic institutes together with wider society can take part in finding practical solutions for a sustainable and secure future. Participants will be encouraged to relate their ideas to the Eastern Corridor, the geographic region stretching south from Dundalk to Dublin and north from Dundalk to Belfast.

More information about the conference will be available soon, together with the programme, information about conference registration fees and so forth. If you are interested in taking part in the conference as a speaker or poster presenter, please email abstracts of at least 500 words to abstracts@allislandenergy.org as soon as possible.

Do please RSVP to SESI committee member Niall McMahon if you intend to come along to the conference and/or the SESI meeting.

Check http://allislandenergy.wordpress.com/ frequently for updates.

General enquiries can be addressed to info@allislandenergy.org or directly to Niall McMahon .

SESI’s New Website

The Solar Energy Society of Ireland, relaunched in 2006, has launched its new website at

http://www.sesireland.ie