This post was first published on June 20, 2013. Since then additional links have been added to the post.
Enerpower was engaged to carry out a feasibility study for a proposed wind energy project at Ballynagran.
The report outlines the capital costs and paybacks specific to the supply and erection of a wind turbine on the site selected, including
- Planning Permission
- Grid Connection
- Turbine Supply, Erection and Commissioning
You can view or download the Enerpower report here —–> Enerpower Wind Energy Report (2013)Also please take a look at the SEAI guidance booklet on community ownership for wind farms in Ireland.
It is slightly outdated (2004) but still useful.
View or download the SEAI booklet here —–> The Potential for Community Ownership of Wind Farms in Ireland
This booklet is over 50 pages long and will take a little while to load or download!
There are several Irish community projects and contact names mentioned in the report.
We have contact details of representatives from the Templederry wind farm.
There is a proposal that our group invite them to share their experience with the project.
See page 18 of the report – they offered shares to members of the community in the project and were oversubscribed but it took 10-12 years to get the project of the ground.
In order that the assumptions made in the Wind Energy Report can be tested the Committee has published small Microsoft Excel applications that allow the user to change the various assumptions made.
So for instance:
- What would the return be if we had to borrow all the money at 7% interest ?
- What if the Electricity Prices only rose by 1% ?
- What if we could get a grant of €50,000? etc etc.
One application can be downloaded here —–> Test the Wind Energy Report
A sense of the real surplus generated after replacement cost has been taken into account can be tested by downloading another application from this link—–> Real Surplus from Wind Turbine-Test and then by testing for various different scenarios.
There is an abundance of internet resources on wind turbines and wind farms.
Community Ownership —–> SEAI Document
Physical Structure —–> Brief Accessable Description
General Information —–> Concise & Relevant Information
Academic Report 2012 —–> Performance of Wind Farms in the UK and Denmark
Industry Reply to Academic Report 2013 —–> No big drop in performance as turbines get older
For/Against —–> What are the advantages and disadvantages of wind power? -Wiki – Answers
Against —–> WindWatch – Deals mainly with the Shortcomings of Large-scale Wind Farms
Current UK Newspaper Articles —–> Guardian UK – Windpower News
Irish Wind Energy Association —–> IWEA
State of Green —–> Danish Govt/Private-Enterprise Technical Info Site
Guardian UK —–> Onshore wind energy: what are the pros and cons?
Solar Energy Site —–> Wind Energy Pros and Cons – Is This Source of Energy Worth It?
Green Living —–> Pros and Cons of Wind Energy
WindPower Facts —–> Wind Energy Pros and Cons
Duke University —–> Wind Power: A Lucrative Renewable Energy Source Pros and Cons
Telegraph Article 2011
Recent News —–> Recent Irish Wind Energy News
Recent Video News —–> Recent Irish Wind Energy Videos
Slideshow Presentation —–> Wind Energy Overview
Vimeo short videos (bilingual) —–> WindFuel
Up-todate NewsFeeds (for/against) from Google & YouTube —–> NewsRuby Ireland – Wind Energy
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