Ireland renewables incentive plan includes hydro

Ireland seeks proposals from hydropower, biomass, and wind energy projects in a program to double the amount of renewable energy used to produce electricity within the next four years.

In an effort to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and reduce Ireland’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, the Ministry of Communications, Marine, and Natural Resources will support the construction of an initial target of at least 400 MW of renewable energy plants.

The ministry has initiated competition to allocate support for the construction of 400 MW of hydro, biomass, or wind power through 2010 under the Renewable Energy Feed In Tariff (REFIT) program. It also plans to establish a reserve list of projects to allocate additional support if it should become available.

The additional capacity will require a capital investment of about 440 million euros ($555.2 million) by developers and a total investment by consumers of about 120 million euros ($151.4 million) over the 15 years of the program.

The ministry is accepting applications until December 12, 2009. Applications might be accepted after the closing date if the total 400 MW has not been allocated. The support for any particular project cannot exceed 15 years and may not extend beyond 2024.

Terms and conditions of the competition with a REFIT application form are available on the Ministry of Communications, Marine, and Natural Resources Internet site, www.dcmnr.ie, or from the address below.

For information, contact Patrick Dowling, Department of Communications, Marine, and Natural Resources, 29/31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 Ireland; (353) 1-6782000; Fax: (353) 1-6783209; Internet www.dcmnr.ie; Etenders Public Procurement Government Website: www.etenders.gov.ie.

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