County Waterford, Ireland
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Electricity generated from wind energy can be categorized into three categories;
Commerical Wind Farms
Waterford County Council have developed a wind energy map of the county which zones the county into 4 strategic areas for wind farm development, which includes;
1. Strategic Areas
2. Preferred Areas
3. Areas open to consideration
4. No go areas
Factors which contribute to the viability of commercial wind farms includes:
Wind Energy Strategy
Here you can click on the map to view more detail.
You can also download the Wind Energy Strategy (word.doc, 39 kbs)
Industrial Wind Turbine Installations (13 KW – 500 KW)
Renewable Energy Generators that are above micro renewable size (12–500 kW) and where the Maximum Export Capacity (MEC) is less than twice the Maximum Import Capacity (MIC) are considered Auto-producers. Auto-producers are CHP or renewable installations where the majority of electricity generated is intended for use on-site. Auto-producers can avail of an export tariff this is known as a power purchase agreement and is agreed upon between the auto-producer and their energy supplier. The tariff rates offered vary with electrical supplier and technology exporting to the electrical grid. It is more cost effective for an auto-producer to use electricity generated to replace imported electricity.
Factors which contribute to the viability of Industrial Wind Turbine Installations (13 KW – 500 KW) includes
Micro Renewable Wind turbine Development (1KW – 12 KW)
The rating for a micro generation wind turbine cannot exceed 6KW for a single phase electrical connection and 11KW for a three phase connection. For businesses / home owners / farmers micro generation wind turbines offer the potential to generate electricity on site. A smart meter records the level of imported / exported electricity. Under current grid operation, any unused or excess electricity can be sold to the ESB. The current tariff rate is € 0.19 per KWh for the first 3,000 KWh and € 0.09 per KWh above the initial level. The qualification criteria for the micro generation scheme are limited but can be clarified by the technology suppliers. The economical justification is on a case by case basis and is relative to the exposure of the site.
Factors which contribute to the viability of Micro Renewable Wind Turbine (1KW – 12 KW) includes
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