SERVE - Smart Cities Information System

SERVE - Smart Cities Information System
Project Acronym: SERVE
REF
EC:
(Project
Number)
TREN07/FP6EN/S.07.71106/038382
REF (project coordinator org.):
DOCUMENT:
REF.:
Project Coordinator: Seamus Hoyne
Project coordination org.: Limerick
Institute of Technology
Date: 31st October 2011
Revision: 1.0
Deliverable Report
Deliverable No 3.6
RES Retrofitting Actions - Final Report
CONCERTO INITIATIVE
SERVE
Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village
Environment
Date: 31st October 2011
Author: North Tipperary County Council
Version: 1.0
CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission
Deliverable Report
Table of contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................... 2
1
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................ 3
2
RES RETROFITTING..................................................................................................................... 3
2.1
INSPECTIONS AND TECHNICAL ISSUES ....................................................................................... 4
3
MICROGENERATION ................................................................................................................... 4
4
CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................... 6
APPENDIX 1: SERVE D3.1:PROGRESS REPORT ON RES RETROFITTING ACTIONS .................. 7
APPENDIX 2: SERVE D3.2REPORT ON PHASE 1 OF RES RETROFITTING ACTIONS .................. 8
APPENDIX 3: SERVE D3.3REPORT ON PLANNED INSTALLATIONS TO BE INSTALLED IN
PHASE 2 OF RE RETROFITTING ......................................................................................................... 9
APPENDIX 4: SERVE D3.4REPORT ON WOOD STOVES SPECIFICATIONS ................................ 10
APPENDIX 5: SERVE D3.5REPORT ON RES RETROFITTING ACTIONS YEAR 3......................... 11
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Introduction
This report presents the final conclusions from the renewable retrofitting actions. It presents the work
completed in the final period of the work package and presents the overall results in terms of works
implemented. The analysis of energy and CO2 savings from the actions are being assessed as part
of the monitoring aspects of the SERVE Project.
This report can be read in conjunction with the following previous reports
 SERVE D3.1:Progress Report on RES Retrofitting Actions
 SERVE D3.2 Report on Phase 1 of RES Retrofitting Actions
 SERVE D3.3 Report on planned installations to be installed in Phase 2 of RE Retrofitting
 SERVE D3.4 Report on Wood Stoves Specifications
 SERVE D3.5 Report on RES Retrofitting Actions Year 3
These reports are included in the appendices or are available at www.servecommunity.ie
The retrofitting actions are divided into residential and non-residential buildings and the results from
each category are presented.
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RES Retrofitting
The SERVE project ran a RES retrofitting scheme from the start of the project in 2008. The scheme
continued on from Year 3 with applications processed, works inspected and grants paid on a weekly
basis. The SERVE Grant Scheme stopped taking applications in Month 42 (April 2011) and works
continued to be carried out until Month 47 and payments were made up until Month 48.
The scheme was promoted in conjunction with Work Package 1 throughout the year with additional
promotion to announce the closing of the scheme. The scheme was promoted through local press,
radio, newsletters, community information meetings, poster and leaflets.
The scheme also ran in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s Greener Homes
Scheme until Month 42. In Month 42 SEAI changed their scheme to the Better Energy Homes
Scheme which combined their Energy Efficiency and Renewable Schemes. It also reduced its grant
levels for the energy efficiency and renewable grant aided measures. As per Work Package 1 this
had no impact on the operation of the SERVE Grant Scheme.
The final number of applications was 591 with 430 proceeding to complete works.
Work Package 3
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Total
Wood Stoves (kW)
Wood Boiler (kW)
25.2
689.70
62
1571.29
400
Solar (m2)
20.56
116.54
Wind/PV (kW)
2286
462
Target
(kW/m2)
2300
961
% of Target
achieved
99.4%
48.07%
321.46
458.56
500
91.71%
6
6
6
100%
Table 2-1: WP3 Works Completed
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There were two school applications that withdrew their application at the very end of the project. They
had committed to installing wood boilers and solar panels amounting 500kW and ~16m2. The WP
partners, and in particular the TEA, had worked with the applicants to complete procurement procedures and suitable technology providers had been selected. However, the building owners were unable to complete the project and co-funding was withdrawn or not made available at a very late stage.
Due to the late timing of the withdrawals the project team were unable to reallocate the committed
funding. A small number of homeowners and non residential applications also withdrew at the end of
the project. The final breakdown of houses with works completed is:
Figure 2-1: Sample installations (solar panels, wood stove insert)
2.1
Inspections and Technical Issues
There have been a total of 301 applicants to Work Package 3 in Period 4. A large majority of these
have been for individual wood stoves and the majority of these were completed by a single contractor.
In all the total number of Work Package 3 residential inspections was 26. That is an inspection rate of
9% of all applicants. The only issue encountered with Work Package 3 inspections related to the installation of wood stoves where in a few cases the hearth did not meet the relevant Building Regulation
requirement. This issue was identified at the very beginning of Work Package 3 and was rectified by
the contractor immediately.
This issue has not reoccurred since the first two inspections. All subsequent contractors were notified
and there was 100% compliance.
Tipperary Energy Agency completed an inspection on all non residential applicants’ works. There
were no major issues encountered that required call back.
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Microgeneration
It was extremely difficult to progress this aspect of the project due to the current policy and supports
available for micro-generation in Ireland. While there is a feed-in tariff available it is relatively small
and therefore projects are difficult to make viable financially. A scheme was launched and promoted
in January 2011 for small scale microgeneration.
WP3 partners NTCC and TEA had taken over responsibility for completing works on micro-generation
from Surface Power Technologies (SPT). SPT had not delivered any results and it was agreed by the
SERVE Consortium that in order to progress this work other partners should try to implement the
work. SERVE project coordinators have been engaged with SPT with a view to their removal from the
SERVE Contract entirely.
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Figure 3-1: Promotion of SERVE Micro Generation Scheme
The procedure for applying to the SERVE Micro Generation scheme was as follows:
 The Applicant submitted the Application Form together with the 3 quotes (where applicable)
and a copy of a Feasibility Study to North Tipperary County Council. Compliance with Planning Regulations, as applicable, was required.
 Tipperary Energy Agency assessed the Feasibility Study with regards to:
o The proposed system
o The appropriateness of the size of the system
o Expected wind speeds in the case of wind turbines
o Site orientation in the case of photovoltaic systems
o The installer of the system
o Location of the system
o Cost/Benefit Analysis of the system and its output.
 If approved, a Letter of Offer was sent to the applicant from North Tipperary County Council
 The applicant signed this Acceptance of Offer Form and returned it to North Tipperary County
Council. If the applicant was a Non Residential Applicant, the following documents were also
submitted:
o Evidence of Tax Compliance
o Evidence of property, public & employers (where appropriate) liability insurance
o Evidence of Title or Lease or Interest in Building/Land (whichever is applicable)
o Evidence of VAT exemption/registration, as applicable.
 North Tipperary County Council then countersigned the Acceptance of Offer Form, returned a
copy to the applicant, and works commenced
 Once the works were completed, the following documents were submitted to North Tipperary
County Council
o Original Invoice(s).
o Original Receipt(s).
o Declaration of Works Form.
o ECTI Certificate of Completion that had been sent to the ESB for connection to the
grid, completed by a registered electrical contractor for the system.
o Tax Compliance documents of the contractor(s) e.g. Tax Clearance Certificate/C2.
 All payment approvals were subject to an inspection by Tipperary Energy Agency.
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
Once the inspection was completed, documents reviewed, and approval was given, grant
payment was made.
Expressions of Interest were low but there was one applicant to the Microgeneration Scheme. The
applicant was a farmer who previously carried our energy efficiency upgrades under the SERVE Pilot
Scheme. This applicant installed a 6kW Wind Turbine.
Figure 3-2: Micro Generation 6kW Wind turbine (Proven)
4 Conclusion
In principle the RES retrofitting action has been a success. The anticipated targets were all but
achieve with an overall completion rate of approximately 99%. The partners involved had to work
extremely hard during Year 2 and 3 of the project to generate significant momentum within the
SERVE region. The project team overcame a number of barriers including
- Developing a suitable model to work with the National Retrofitting Scheme
- Organising a range of promotional activities to spread the word about the SERVE Project and
the supports available
- Dealing with building owners who had to withdraw from the scheme despite having committed
to completing works.
- Working with the constraints of the financial crisis in Ireland
- Revising the programme to meet the relevant demands within the region e.g. biomass stoves
being a significant success.
- Dealing with the two large public building biomass heating projects which withdrew from the
project, after the TEA team had taken them through procurement .
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Appendix 1: SERVE D3.1:Progress Report on RES Retrofitting Actions
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Project Acronym: SERVE
REF
EC:
(Project
Number)
TREN07/FP6EN/S.07.71106/038382
REF (project coordinator org.):
DOCUMENT:
REF.:
Project Coordinator: Seamus Hoyne
Project coordination org.: Tipperary
Rural and Business Development Institute
Date: 8th December 2008
Revision: Final
Deliverable Report
Deliverable No.: 3.1
Work Package No: 3
CONCERTO INITIATIVE
SERVE
Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village
Environment
Integrated Project
PRIORITY 6: Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems. Sub-priority: Sustainable energy systems.
RES Retrofitting Progress Report
Date: 8th December 2008
Author: Attracta Lyons, Sheila Healy (North Tipperary County Council),
Paul Kenny (Tipperary Energy Agency Ltd)
Version: Final
CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission
Deliverable Report
Table of contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................................... 2
1
INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................................ 3
2
WORK PACKAGE OBJECTIVES................................................................................................................. 3
3
WORKPACKAGE IMPLEMENTATION ........................................................................................................ 3
3.1
REGISTER OF SUPPLIERS ......................................................................................................................... 3
3.2
SCHEME ADMINISTRATION ........................................................................................................................ 4
3.3
POTENTIAL APPLICANTS ........................................................................................................................... 4
4
SUPPORTED MEASURES ........................................................................................................................... 4
4.1
RES TECHNOLOGIES ............................................................................................................................... 4
4.1.1 Wood Biomass Stoves ...................................................................................................................... 4
4.1.2 Wood Biomass Boilers ...................................................................................................................... 5
4.1.3 Solar Water Heating Systems........................................................................................................... 5
4.1.4 Wind/PV Systems ............................................................................................................................. 5
4.2
STANDARDS FOR TECHNOLOGY................................................................................................................. 6
4.3
EXPECTED INSTALLATIONS ....................................................................................................................... 6
4.4
REVISED TARGETS ................................................................................................................................... 8
5
GREEN ELECTRICITY PURCHASING ........................................................................................................ 9
6
CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................................... 9
APPENDICES....................................................................................................................................................... 10
APPENDIX 1: REGISTER OF SUPPLIERS AND INSTALLERS........................................................................ 11
APPENDIX 2: QUALITY STANDARDS............................................................................................................... 13
APPENDIX 3: SURFACE POWER OFF GRID AND GRID CONNECTED SYSTEMS ...................................... 14
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1 Introduction
The SERVE WP3 focuses on the increased use of renewable energy sources (RES) within the
SERVE region. The focus of the work package on is wood biomass systems, which will replace the
use of solid fuels in inefficient open fires. This will be augmented by supporting the use of solar water
heating systems. In addition, the WP will result in 10 micro wind/pv systems being installed in appropriate locations.
2 Work Package Objectives
•
•
•
•
•
To install 390 new individual renewable energy systems (260 wood biomass stoves, 30 wood
biomass boilers, 400m2 of solar water heating (flat plate and evacuated tube) and 10
residential wind/PV systems). 40% of systems will be installed by Month 18 and 100%
completed by Month 36.
All heating systems installed will demonstrate the most efficient technology (oil fired
condensing boilers (80% efficient), wood stoves/boilers (60-90% efficient).
To demonstrate new hybrid Wind/PV technology (450W turbine with 300W PV) for the
domestic/commercial market developed by an Irish SME (www.surfacepower.com) at 10
prime locations
To develop and implement a Green Electricity Purchasing scheme by Month 18 to result in
replacement of 2000MWh of electricity with green supplier by Month 36.
To increase the use of heat from renewable sources from 660MWh/yr in targeted buildings
(equivalent to 6% of Heat Energy Demand) by 300% to 3,000MWh/yr and combined with
energy demand reductions to increase % of supply of renewable energy from 6% to 20% by
Month 36.
3 Workpackage Implementation
WP1 (EcoBuilding Retrofitting) of the SERVE project required considerable resources from NTCC and
TEA due to the work in collaborating with SEI under the Home Energy Saving Scheme. In April 2008
it was determined that it would be more appropriate to delay the roll out of WP 3 until January 2009,
after the implementation of Phase 1 of the retro-fitting measures. The fundamental reasons for this
decision were
• Buildings were required to have achieved a specific level of energy efficiency before being
given support for renewable energy installations. The delays in the roll out of WP 1 meant
that building owners would not have achieved this level of energy performance in time
• Seeking to provide a clear focus on energy efficiency to the building owners as the first key
step to implementation
• The significant focus on wood stoves as part of WP 3 will allow for quick implementation of
upgrades in terms of renewables as there are no planning or significant technical issues with
regard to installation.
3.1
Register of Suppliers
Suppliers and installers of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies who wish to be registered for the SERVE Project Grant Scheme are required to submit an application form together with tax
compliance details, insurance, safety statement and evidence of product quality and experience. The
register will be continuously updated. This register is available on the SERVE Project website
www.servecommunity.ie, and from North Tipperary County Council. All applicants receive a copy of
same. A number of RES suppliers and installers have registered to date and will be included on the
register for Phase 2 of the SERVE Project Grant Scheme. The register will be continuously updated.
The Register was advertised for in January 2008 and a range of technology suppliers are now confirmed to have met the NTCC requirements. Meetings within a range of suppliers have been held to
ensure that they are aware of the standards required in the SERVE region.
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Details of the register are provided in Appendix 1.
3.2
Scheme Administration
The promotional material used for the SERVE WP1 has also referenced the potential for supports for
implementation of renewable energy measures, once relevant energy efficiency measures have been
implemented. The required documentation and information in relation to the measures which will be
supported has also been drafted.
In October 2008 (Month 12) the WP team began discussions with Sustainable Energy Ireland on how
it can work with the National Greener Homes Scheme, a grant scheme for domestic renewable energy
systems, to facilitate uptake of renewable energy, in particular boilers. The links between the SERVE
measures and Greener Homes Scheme are outlined below:
RE Technology
Supported by
SERVE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wood Stoves
Solar Panels
Biomass Boilers (~30kW)
Supported by
Greener Homes Scheme
No
Yes
Yes
The SERVE WP3 team aim to work with SEI to maximise the grant support levels that building owners
can access to increase the implementation of measures.
3.3
Potential Applicants
All 170 building owners who have participated in Phase 1 of the WP1 have been informed of the grant
supports which will be available in the future for renewables. It is expected that approximately 50% of
these will proceed with a renewable energy installation once they have achieved the energy efficiency
targets.
4 Supported Measures
4.1
RES Technologies
4.1.1 Wood Biomass Stoves
The SERVE region currently has 6% of its heat energy provided from renewables. This is mainly from
the use of wood as a fuel. The primary method of burning this fuel is the open fire which has a very
poor efficiency. The open fire is very traditional in Ireland and part of its culture. It is a significant
challenge make people adjust from its use.
While wood pellet and wood chip systems are important and easier
step to improving the efficiency of the use of wood fuel is to focus on
wood stoves. There are a number of reasons for focusing on wood
stoves in the SERVE region
• Existing culture of using wood in the region
• Ease of installation of wood stoves in existing chimneys with
limited technical difficulties
• Opportunities for using both stoves which are room heaters
only and those who can provide space heating via radiators.
• The relative cost effectiveness of the systems compared to
boiler systems
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The SERVE project aims to install a total of 260 wood stoves within the region by Month 36.
4.1.2 Wood Biomass Boilers
The introduction of biomass boilers has
gained increased prominence in the past
three years since the introduction of the
National Greener Homes Scheme. Recent
analysis by the Mid West Regional Authority has indicated that a total of 600 systems have been installed in the Mid West
Region and South Tipperary. It is not possible to get data for North Tipperary alone
but an estimation has been made using
population data. This would indicate that
approximately 120 biomass boilers have
been installed in North Tipperary. This
could equate to 25 systems in the SERVE
region.
The main systems which have been used
for the residential sector in Ireland are
based on wood pellets. Recently the use
of wood gasification systems has
emerged. Wood chip systems are primarily focused on the commercial sector.
The SERVE Contract aims to install a total of 30 such systems by Month 36.
4.1.3 Solar Water Heating Systems
Solar water heating technology is a well proven technology. There are a wide range of installers and
product suppliers in Ireland at present and the Greener Homes Scheme had led to increased interest
in their use. Recently, planning regulations have been revised to allow for 12m2 of solar water heating
systems to be installed without planning permission being required.
The SERVE project aims to install 400m2 of solar water heating systems by Month 36. This is equivalent to approximately 100 systems for the residential sector.
4.1.4 Wind/PV Systems
The scope for the use of micro electricity generation systems has evolved considerably since 2005
when the SERVE project was first conceived. In 2005 it was not possible to connect a RES micro
generation system to the grid without being treated as a large generator and there was no clarity over
planning requirements.
Since 2005, due to active lobbying by relevant representative groups and engagement by Government
Agencies and Departments the opportunities for the use of micro generation systems has evolved
considerably. The advances include:
• Planning exemptions for micro wind and PV introduced in March 2008
• Grid Connection Procedures now in place which are specific for micro generation
• ‘Smart meter’ technology on a National scale being rolled out
The SERVE project has set a conservative target to install 10 micro wind/PV hybrid systems within the
SERVE region. The systems are aimed at the residential/commercial sector and originally sized to be
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a 450W turbine with a 300W PV panel with associated controls and storage. These systems will be
supplied and installed by Surface Power Technology.
Opportunities exist for both grid connected and off-grid applications. Both these options will be
explored and it is hoped that a number of each type of application will be applied. Appendix 3
provides details on the systems provided by Surface Power in this regard.
Figure 4-1: PV installation and Wind system for residential dwelling.
4.2
Standards for technology
The WP3 team have developed specific guidelines for installation which reference National guidelines
and specifications. Appendix 2 provides details on the guidelines which area made available to all
those on the register of suppliers/installers.
The technical guidelines for the micro wind/pv systems are yet to be developed due to emerging standards being developed at a National level. These will be developed once the nationals standards are
finalised.
4.3
Expected Installations
The targets set in the SERVE Project with regard to installations of RES in existing buildings are as
follows:
•
•
•
•
SERVE
High Efficiency Wood Stoves:
High Efficiency wood boilers:
Solar Thermal panels:
Wind/ PV:
2600kW installed
900kW installed
400 m2 installed
10 systems installed
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High Efficiency Wood Stoves
It is estimated that these stoves will be installed in the range from 3kW to 14 kW. This would mean a
total number of stoves in the range of 185 – 866 stoves. It is likely that the average size of these stoves
installed will be in the range of 7kW – 10 kW. This would result in the range of 260 – 370 units installed.
High Efficiency wood boilers
It is estimated that these boilers will be installed in the range from 20kW to 100 kW. This would mean a
total number of boilers in the range of 9 – 45 boilers. It is likely that the average size of these stoves
installed will be in the range of 30kW – 50 kW. This would result in the range of 18 – 30 units installed.
Solar Thermal Panels
It is estimated that these panels will be installed in the range from 4m2 to 20m2. This would mean a
total number of installations in the range of 20 – 100. It is likely that the average size of installations will
be in the range of 4m2 to 8m2 for residential and 20- 100m2 for non residential. It is expected that the
average as a result to be in the range of 6m2 -10 m2 therefore a total number of installations in the
range of 40 – 70 installations
Wind PV systems
It is expected that 10 systems to be installed.
Summary of installations
Capacity of Units installed
Possible
Min
Expected
Max
3
20
4
10
Stove
Boiler
Solar Panel
Wind PV
Min
14
100
20
10
Units
Max
7
30
6
10
10
50
10
10
kW
kW
m2
Units
Number of installations
Possible
Max
Stove
Boiler
Solar Panel
Wind PV
Expected
Min
867
45
100
10
1022
Max
186
9
20
10
225
Min
371
30
67
10
478
260
18
40
10
328
The average number of installations between Maximum and Minimum is 403 installations. It is difficult
to judge the exact number of installations for month 12-36 as the non residential sector is varied in
application and installation size. For example in the case of solar panels, one large installation, for example a pool, could feasibly install 100m2 and utilise all the heat effectively. It is expected that there is
an even mix of installations between residential and non residential installations in the range of 328 –
478 installations.
Initial estimations have been completed on the potential RES production and CO2 savings from the
expected installations, as shown in the following figure. The expected 2,400 MWh of RES production
from the installations will result in approximately 900 Tonnes of CO2 being saved in the region.
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Figure 4-2: Expected MWH and CO2 savings from RES installations
4.4
Revised Targets
The focus in Months 12 to 24 will be wood stoves, solar water heating systems and wind/pv systems.
All those who have completed work in WP1 Eco Building Retrofitting will be considered for support as
part of WP3. It is expected that 50% of wood stoves and solar water heating systems will be installed
by Month 24. All 10 wind/pv systems will be installed by Month 24.
Biomass boilers and solar water heating systems present opportunities for both the residential and
commercial sector. Careful consideration will be given to the installation of such systems within the
commercial sector as it could consume the all of the funding and capacity within the SERVE region.
These will be evaluation on a case by case basis. Working with the National RE Heat Funding programme will provide an opportunity for the SERVE project to create a multiple effect. All biomass
boilers will be installed by Month 36, along with the remainder wood stoves and solar water heating
systems.
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5 Green Electricity Purchasing
The WP 3 is preparing to work with Senergy EConnect once it provides a report on the potential for
the implementation of a Green Electricity Purchasing Scheme in the SERVE region. This report is due
in Month 18 and once received the WP3 team will determine how to implement this scheme.
6 Conclusion
The development of renewables in the SERVE region will require provision of high quality information
which informs consumer choice. The WP3 team will be putting such information sources in place in
conjunction with existing resources.
The key challenges will be ensuring that the products installed meet relevant quality standards. This
will require the WP 3 team to also work with the relevant training providers to ensure that the installers
are approved and providing a quality service to building owners.
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Appendices
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Appendix 1: Register of Suppliers and Installers
The register of suppliers/installers is available on www.servecoummunity.ie, or by post on request.
The register is sent out to all applicants at and they are advised that the file is being updated on a
continuous basis. The initial call for suppliers/installers was made through the press in Month 4/5.
All the information required to interested suppliers is provided via the SERVE website, or it is available
from NTCC. Each supplier needs to supply complete an application form with supporting documentation. Suppliers can also contact NTCC and TEA with any queries.
Documentation required for Application
• Signed, completed Application Form
• Tax Documents - A Tax Clearance Certificate or C2 number and expiry date. This will need to
be monitored throughout the lifetime of the project to ensure up to date details are on file
• Insurance cover – Evidence of satisfactory public liability and employer liability cover must be
submitted
• Qualifications
• Case Study
• Quality and Safety Systems
• Product Quality Certification
Reviewing of Applications
The application form, the tax documents and the insurance documents are reviewed by North Tipperary County Council. The technical elements are reviewed by Tipperary Energy Agency.
Register Provided to Public
The register will provide the following information
• Name/Address of Supplier/Installer
• Types of Services/Products provided
• Website/e-mail address of supplier/installer
At present there are 18 companies for WP3 on the register of suppliers/installers. (Copy on next
page)
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Appendix 2: Quality Standards
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Technical Specifications
Section 5
Wood Stoves
Wood Stove
5.0
Overall Requirements
The objectives of this section of the Specification are to ensure that the wood burning stoves
meet best practise standard and are installed correctly. These stoves will increase the efficiency
of combustion solid fuel and increase the proportion of renewable fuels used in the region.
The wood stove specifications embody the measures necessary to achieve the above objectives
ensuring that the following parameters are met.
i)
ii)
iii)
iv)
v)
5.1
Undertake the measures without detrimental irreversible alterations to the
dwelling.
Ensure that the client is satisfied with the work.
Ensure that the measures are effective for their working life.
Ensure that the measures do not compromise the safety of the household or
the contents and structure of the dwelling.
Ensure that all statutory obligations in relation to the work have been met.
Measure Description
5.1.1 Supply and install a wood burning stove to replace an existing open fire. Alternative
installations will be considered on a case by case basis as per recommendation from the
building energy audit.
5.1.2
The wood burning stoves must comply with the following
• Be capable of burning wood only. Stoves capable of burning coal/ lignite are
not eligible.
• Comply with one of the following European standards:
o European EN 13240
o Norwegian NS 3038/59
o Austrian Art 15a
• Have a minimum thermal efficiency of 65% as tested in above standards.
• CE Mark
• Sized appropriately for the installation with regard to the heating demand in the
room and the heating demand from the boiler if applicable.
5.2 Installation
5.2.2
Wood stoves will be installed as per manufacturer’s instructions.
5.2.3
All pipework installed to the stove will be to the required standard and insulated
appropriately.
5.2.4
Flue installation will be as per manufacturer’s instructions and insulated where
appropriate.
5.2.5
Where boiler is used for heating water and/ or radiators, appropriate controls should be
installed to ensure the most efficient use of the heat generated. E.g. a thermostatic
operated motorised valve, a thermostatically controlled pump etc.
5.3 Commissioning
5.3.2
Detailed Instructions must be given to the building owner.
5.3.3
Detailed Instruction manuals must be available to the building owner in English.
Technical Specifications
Section 6
Wood Fuel Boilers and Wood Pellet Stoves
Wood Pellet Boilers and Wood Pellet Stoves
6.0
Overall Requirements
The objectives of this section of the Specification are to ensure that the wood pellet boilers and
stoves meet best practise standard and are installed correctly. These will replace fossil fuelled
boilers, decrease costs for the individual and increase the proportion of renewable fuels used in
the region.
The wood boiler/stove specifications embody the measures necessary to achieve the above
objectives ensuring that the following parameters are met.
i)
ii)
iii)
iv)
v)
Undertake the measures without detrimental irreversible alterations to the
dwelling.
Ensure that the client is satisfied with the work.
Ensure that the measures are effective for their working life.
Ensure that the measures do not compromise the safety of the household or
the contents and structure of the dwelling.
Ensure that all statutory obligations in relation to the work have been met.
6.1
Measure Description
6.1.1
Supply and install a wood pellet stove or wood fuel boiler (pellet or log) to replace an
existing fossil fueled boiler. Alternative installations will be considered on a case by
case basis as per recommendation from the building energy audit.
6.1.2
The wood pellet boilers and stoves must be a registered product on the SEI greener
homes scheme (Phase 2).
6.2
Installation
6.2.1
Installation must be done by a registered installer on the SEI greener homes scheme.
6.2.2
Installers of wood log boilers should have provided appropriate evidence of skills for
installation of such systems.
6.2.3
Installation should meet at relevant industry standards for installation of such
appliances
6.3
Commissioning
6.3.1
Detailed Instructions must be given to the building owner.
6.3.2
Detailed Instruction manuals must be available to the building owner in English.
Technical Specifications
Section 7
Solar Thermal Systems
Solar Thermal Systems
7.0
Overall Requirements
The objectives of this section of the Specification are to ensure that solar thermal tubes or flat
panels meet best practise standard and are installed correctly. These will replace typically
electric immersion heaters. The measure will decrease costs for the individual and increase the
proportion of renewable fuels used in the region.
The wood stove specifications embody the measures necessary to achieve the above objectives
ensuring that the following parameters are met.
i)
ii)
iii)
iv)
v)
Undertake the measures without detrimental irreversible alterations to the
dwelling.
Ensure that the client is satisfied with the work.
Ensure that the measures are effective for their working life.
Ensure that the measures do not compromise the safety of the household or
the contents and structure of the dwelling.
Ensure that all statutory obligations in relation to the work have been met.
7.1
Measure Description
7.1.1
Supply and install solar thermal panels to heat water for domestic hot water (including
ancillary requirements of storage tanks etc). Alternative installations will be considered
on a case by case basis as per recommendation from the building energy audit
7.1.2
The solar panels must be on the SEI greener homes scheme (phase 2).
7.2
Installation
7.2.1
Installation must be done by a registered installer on the SEI greener homes scheme
(phase 2).
7.3
Commissioning
7.3.1
Detailed Instructions must be given to the building owner.
7.3.2
Detailed Instruction manuals must be available to the building owner in English.
Deliverable Report
Appendix 3: Surface Power Off Grid and Grid Connected Systems
SERVE
14
We have vast resources in FREE
renewable energy. Our earth
provides us with wind, rain and sun
for free every year. We now have
opportunities to harness it to
provide us with free, green energy
with big savings on our annual
energy bills.
Did you know that the solar energy
that falls on Ireland is the same or
higher as Germany receives which
has the largest solar install base in
the world as of 2007.
House of tomorrow ! Have you
heard about carbon free homes ?.
These are our future homes that
will have a net zero balance of
carbon at the year end. There are
many ways to do this but we firmly
believe that current energy from
nature plus new technology’s such
as fuel cells and hybrid vehicles
are the very near future. We have
been working to make our systems
workable with all these new
technologies from day one. Energy
without bills and carbon emissions
are the future. Your journey starts
here !
An investment in a renewable
energy system for your home is
unlike any other investment in your
property. A renewable energy
system is a real active production
system, which is real money saved
every year and it does this without
harming the environment.
The added value in your home
because of its own energy system,
with significant increases in current
and future energy bills means that
payback is now optimum.
970 Trillion kWh’s of energy falls
from the skies every day, too bad
we don’t use it.
Living with green electricity is no
different to living with national grid.
The electricity is the same, the
systems are automatic and you
turn the lights, TV and kettle on
just as you normally do.
Solar energy falls as daylight which
we can harvest 12 months of the
year and it also creates our wind
systems.
The only difference is that the
electricity produced costs you
nothing. Your green energy system
simply harvests it from nature.
All our systems are enabled for
SMART metering as standard as
this is the future method of
metering both consumption and
export. SMART will change the
way we use electricity because it
applies a time based tariff instead
of a kWh measurement. This
means we will pay a higher price
for electricity during the day and
less for it in off peak periods. It’s
vital that your green energy
electricity system is designed to
take account of SMART metering.
One of the advantages of SMART
and our PGT systems will be the
ability to harvest cheap electricity
at night, store it and use it during
the day. (see our technical
newsletter for updates on SMART)
European Energy Performance of
Buildings Directive; with the new
building energy rating becoming law
st
on all domestic homes from Jan 1 ,
2008, your homes value will be
affected by the amount of energy
and carbon emissions which it is
responsible for.
You won’t be able to sell or rent a
new or second hand property without
getting this label. Adding your own
green electricity system will enhance
this label and increase the value of
your property instantly. More people
will compete to purchase your
property because it will have lower
bills, be cheaper to run and have
many other advantages over a house
with no renewables. A better energy
label means higher house prices.
We have been participating in the
many changes of processes and
rules currently underway by the
regulator and the DSO (ESBN).
We have been doing grid
connections for one year and
achieved ESB G10 compliance in
Summer 2006.
We are currently involved in the
SMART metering process, new
global wind turbine standards, the
micro generation consultation and
many other procedural, legal and
regulatory changes.
We are always operating at the
forefront of our technology area as
it evolves.
All basic grid direct connections
must comply with EN50438 which
will be published late 2007 and
enacted into law by 2008.
Regardless, we have been
designing our solutions to this
standard since 2005.
This standard restricts the amount
of the plate rating of renewable
equipment which can be grid
connected, 5.75 kw maximum
plate rating on single phase and up
to 11 kw plate rating on three
phase. A licence and network
notification is required also which
we organise.
Please note, on our PGT grid
connected systems, these are
designed to be exempt from the
standard and hence no limit on the
amount of equipment applies,
neither is there any requirement for
regulator licence or DSO network
approvals.
Full export control for SMART is
configurable with PGT but excess
energy is stored or exported by
choice whereas basic grid
connections where energy is not
used, it is spilt onto the grid.
Solar energy comes to us in the
form of daylight and is an annual
constant with approx 1100 kWh’s
falling on every square meter per
year, every year.
This is a very large natural
resource for electricity and solar
electric systems are maintenance
free and come with a minimum
production guarantee of 25 years
and last longer than this in reality.
Many options for monitoring your
system are available; local
metering, remote metering and full
wireless monitoring systems.
In the very near future, our CEMS
touch screen technology will be
available as a SMART metering
upgrade which is designed to
manage your systems including
hot water and rainwater harvesting
as one management system, see
CEMS for details.
The main advantage is that current
PGT solutions and CEMS are fully
compliant with all types of
conventional local generation
including Hydro, Fuel Cell of any
type, Hybrid hydrocarbon & biofuel vehicles.
If you want to have a renewable
system which will operate normally
in a power cut or during network
upgrades, then you need to avoid
direct grid connections and select
either our PGT or Off-grid systems.
Installation of renewable systems
are straight forward regardless of
whether you are building a new
house or retrofitting into an existing
house.
The reason for the straight forward
retrofit is due to the fact the house
is already wired for electricity and
the electricity is all the same. This
has the advantage of having a
reasonable and straight forward
installation cost easily carried out
by a competent certified
electrician.
You will also need to check your
voltage levels if you want to use a
basic grid connection for wind also.
(see our technical newsletter for
issues with basic grid connected
wind)
Export payments: both our grid
connected systems are designed
for SMART and to receive REFIT
(renewable energy feed-in tariffs)
for exported energy when it arrives
shortly, but PGT systems will have
the added advantage of exporting
when you choose for the highest
value tariffs during the day, (see
our technical newsletter for details)
Installation
Description
A basic grid connected system
involves one or several forms of
electrical inputs into your property,
which may be solar photovoltaic
(electric) panels, wind turbines,
hydro power, CHP (combined heat
& power), etc.
A basic grid connection needs the
grid to operate so your system will
not work in a power cut, etc. If you
are getting energy in from your
solar system, it automatically goes
into a utility connected inverter and
then directly into the wiring of your
property. The result is that you will
use your own energy first and the
incoming electricity grid second.
Basic grid connections are simple
to setup and fully automatic in their
operation
Hybrid Sources of Input
A hybrid system is when you have
more than one type of input
technology, i.e. you might have
solar and wind. When developing a
hybrid specification for which
sources of input to use, you need
to consider their output profile
versus your usage profile, i.e. if
you use energy every day in a
similar fashion, then you need to
start with solar photovoltaic panels,
if you have a stream or river then
you may upgrade or add that in. If
you have a site suitable for wind
you may include that. Sometimes
you will only be able to use Solar
photovoltaic energy due to your
location but solar is the best form
of energy as it occurs every day
unlike other sources of renewables
such as wind; and with our
systems, you’ll be able to integrate
new fuel cell, hybrid vehicle
technologies, our current solar hot
water & heating systems and our
rain harvesting systems. With our
grid connected systems, you are
future proofed no matter what
happens.
Energy Profile
It’s important that in the design of a
system that you understand your
energy profile. You are responsible
for energy use to produce
electricity, hot water, central
heating and supply water in the
building.
Installation of a basic grid
connected system can be as
simple as mounting your solar
photovoltaic panels on your roof,
wall or ground mountings, running
2 cables from the panels to a wall
mounted utility inverter and then
simply plugging it in and your
online automatically.
Larger systems will need to be
cabled into your electrical supply
buzz bar, again a quick job but it
will require a qualified electrician.
The size of the house is not
important but the use. A 2000 sq ft
holiday home would have a
different requirement from a 2000
sq ft house in every day use.
But it is also important to know that
you can convert to a green energy
house in stages and grow your
systems over time. Reduction in
energy is also important and this
can be done by increasing attic
insulation to over 350 mm
especially if you have radiators.
Changing light bulbs, etc and
buying the correct appliances such
as A++ for fridge/freezers, etc
Standards
All basic grid connections are soon
to be covered by EN50438, a
European standard covering all
member states. It will be published
later this year and become law in
2008. All our systems are designed
to comply with this standard and
the network DSO and regulator
already is adopting into their
processes.
Technical standards apply to all
utility connected systems including
many EN standards and local
network interface settings; we
comply with all these since early
2006 when we started grid
connections.
Sizing
Sizing a system is straight forward;
just contact us with your electricity
bill and we’ll give you a few options
which will all be upgradeable.
Solar photovoltaic can be used
everywhere, wind can be used
where you have a site with
clearance between the South &
West to catch prevailing winds,
Hydro can be used where you
have a strong enough stream.
Wind cannot be installed in urban
locations, towns and cities.
Please note that under EN50438,
basic grid connections are
restricted to 5.75 kw(p) on single
phase and 11kw(p) on three
phase. For larger grid connected
systems, please see our PGT
systems.
Regulatory & network rules
All basic grid connections require
licensing and a network approval.
We handle this and provide the
required approvals with your
system.
Mounting systems; we supply wall, ground and flat roof
mounting systems so every building can mount or solar
energy products of all types in the best possible location.
Mounting angles; the optimum mounting direction is south
with a 30 degree above horizontal for summer and 60
degrees for winter. Some installations will have to mount
according to roof specifications already existing but in
reality, solar photovoltaic panels will operate at any angle
but there will be a slight reduction in efficiency depending
on the angle.
Operation: the operation of a basic grid connected system
is fully automatic once installed. You simply forget about it.
It has the effect of slowing down your electricity meter and if
you are producing the same amount of electricity as you
are using, it will stop your meter.
SMART meter tariffs; with the new SMART meters arriving
shortly, properties with renewable energy systems will have
first options on these meters. These meters have a built in
export channel which will allow you calculate your export
value (remember exports will be time value based and not
kW/h based). Export will come from two sources, firstly,
carbon off-sets which you can sell on the market and
secondly from a feed-in tariff which will be available in the
near future.
In the meantime, basic grid connections will slow your
meter down by the exact amount of electricity you are
producing.
Wind Turbines using a basic grid connection: the
financial feasibility of wind turbines used in a basic grid
connection is currently poor due to a significant amount of
spillage onto the grid during the night. This currently means
poor payback on basic grid connected wind turbines.
SMART metering will apply a higher daytime tariff and
possible a zero night-time tariff which will only make this
payback longer or unachievable. We currently don’t do
basic grid connected wind as it makes no financial sense.
Wind Turbine Note: to use wind turbines as part of a
renewable system, please see our PGT grid connected
systems where excess grid connected power is stored and
our off-grid systems where all power is stored.
Type
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 1
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 2
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 3
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 4
Solar
Photovoltaic
CG 5
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 6
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 7
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 8
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 9
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 10
Solar
Photovoltaic
GC 11
Grid
connected
Wind turbine
kWh(p)
Type of
connection
License & network
approval required
EN50438
approved
SMART
meter
enabled
SMART
meter
harvesting
Works in
power
cut
Country
approvals
0.5 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
1.0 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
1.5 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
2.0 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
2.5 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
3.0 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
3.5 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
4.0 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
4.5 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
5.0 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
5.5 kW(p)
Basic grid
connection
Yes, supplied
Yes
Yes
No
No
EU
Please note due to a technical issue with interface settings on the network, we are not supplying grid connected wind on the
low voltage domestic network. Please see our technical newsletters for updates on this issue.
Note 1: three phase grid connections need to be configured depending on requirements.
Note 2: any connections larger than allowed kW(p) above under EN50438 must go through the DSO network
connection process. Alternative options are to use our PGT grid connected systems which are not constrained
by the standard and can go to power station sizes. The DSO connection process for LARGE basic gridconnect systems can take much longer and will involve planning and other technical planning including a grid
evaluation if over 50 kW(p).
Note 3: for larger systems, please see our commercial brochures.
Note 4: if you want to have power in a power cut, you will need to choose a PGT or an off-grid system.
I want to make
my own
electricity
I want to be
independent
I want to be
grid connected
Yes
option of
selling power
to the grid
No
Off-grid
systems
PGT advanced
grid connected
systems
Basic grid
connected
systems
Normal
operation in a
power cut
Normal
operation in a
power cut
No power in a
power cut
Can be made
larger for total
independence
Can be made
larger for
independence
and for large
export
Can be made
larger for
offset and
export
Can be
upgraded to
PGT system
Can harvest
cheap night
rate electricity
SMART
meeting
enabled with
options for
fuel cell,
hybrid vehicle
integration
SMART
metering
enabled
Can be
upgraded to
PGT system
Description
Surface Power’s micro turbine is
designed to connect to our off-grid
solar systems and our PGT grid
connected systems.
These turbines are designed for
high wind conditions in Ireland &
Scotland. Systems are straight
forward to install and mount on a
standard street light pole or other
customised mounting with a blade
diameter of 1.8 metres.
Systems come with a choice of two
controllers, Jetstream one
producing 460 watt/h (p) and
Jetstream two producing 730
watt/h (p)
System comes with
electromagnetic braking as
standard with a straight forward
installation in domestic situations.
Interface Setting issue in
Republic of Ireland
Due to the restrictive interface
settings of the national grid in
Ireland, grid connected wind
turbines will only work in certain
locations.
Because the ideal locations for
wind are areas with the greatest
risk of voltage issues, we are
currently not selling grid connected
wind turbines.
Our PGT systems which the most
advanced grid connection
technology can use our wind
systems.
Please note that basic grid
connections are restricted to 5.75
kw (CER) and 6kw (ESBN).
Any basic grid connection which
goes over these values needs to
pay a fee of approx 9000 euros for
application (ESBN).
Illegal connections that are not
listed with the DSO or are of illegal
size will be detected automatically
by SMART metering.
Our PGT systems can be any size
without fee.
www.surfacepower.com
We have vast resources in FREE
renewable energy. Our earth
provides us with wind, rain and sun
for free every year. We now have
opportunities to harness it to
provide us with free, green energy
with big savings on our annual
energy bills.
Did you know that the solar energy
that falls on Ireland is the same or
higher as Germany receives which
has the largest solar install base in
the world as of 2007.
House of tomorrow ! Have you
heard about carbon free homes ?.
These are our future homes that
will have a net zero balance of
carbon at the year end. There are
many ways to do this but we firmly
believe that current energy from
nature plus new technology’s such
as fuel cells and hybrid vehicles
are the very near future. We have
been working to make our systems
workable with all these new
technologies from day one. Energy
without bills and carbon emissions
are the future. Your journey starts
here !
An investment in a renewable
energy system for your home is
unlike any other investment in your
property. A renewable energy
system is a real active production
system, which is real money saved
every year and it does this without
harming the environment.
The added value in your home
because of its own energy system,
with significant increases in current
and future energy bills means that
payback is now optimum.
970 Trillion kWh’s of energy falls
from the skies every day, too bad
we don’t use it.
Living with green electricity is no
different to living with national grid.
The electricity is the same, the
systems are automatic and you
turn the lights, TV and kettle on
just as you normally do.
Solar energy falls as daylight which
we can harvest 12 months of the
year and it also creates our wind
systems.
The only difference is that the
electricity produced costs you
nothing. Your green energy system
simply harvests it from nature.
All our systems are enabled for
SMART metering as standard as
this is the future method of
metering both consumption and
export. SMART will change the
way we use electricity because it
applies a time based tariff instead
of a kWh measurement. This
means we will pay a higher price
for electricity during the day and
less for it in off peak periods. It’s
vital that your green energy
electricity system is designed to
take account of SMART metering.
One of the advantages of SMART
and our PGT systems will be the
ability to harvest cheap electricity
at night, store it and use it during
the day. (see our technical
newsletter for updates on SMART)
European Energy Performance of
Buildings Directive; with the new
building energy rating becoming law
st
on all domestic homes from Jan 1 ,
2008, your homes value will be
affected by the amount of energy
and carbon emissions which it is
responsible for.
You won’t be able to sell or rent a
new or second hand property without
getting this label. Adding your own
green electricity system will enhance
this label and increase the value of
your property instantly. More people
will compete to purchase your
property because it will have lower
bills, be cheaper to run and have
many other advantages over a house
with no renewables. A better energy
label means higher house prices.
We have been participating in the
many changes of processes and
rules currently underway by the
regulator and the DSO (ESBN).
We have been doing grid
connections for one year and
achieved ESB G10 compliance in
Summer 2006.
We are currently involved in the
SMART metering process, new
global wind turbine standards, the
micro generation consultation and
many other procedural, legal and
regulatory changes.
We are always operating at the
forefront of our technology area as
it evolves.
All basic grid direct connections
must comply with EN50438 which
will be published late 2007 and
enacted into law by 2008.
Regardless, we have been
designing our solutions to this
standard since 2005.
This standard restricts the amount
of the plate rating of renewable
equipment which can be grid
connected, 5.75 kw maximum
plate rating on single phase and up
to 11 kw plate rating on three
phase. A licence and network
notification is required also which
we organise.
Please note, on our PGT grid
connected systems, these are
designed to be exempt from the
standard and hence no limit on the
amount of equipment applies,
neither is there any requirement for
regulator licence or DSO network
approvals.
Full export control for SMART is
configurable with PGT but excess
energy is stored or exported by
choice whereas basic grid
connections where energy is not
used, it is spilt onto the grid.
Solar energy comes to us in the
form of daylight and is an annual
constant with approx 1100 kWh’s
falling on every square meter per
year, every year.
This is a very large natural
resource for electricity and solar
electric systems are maintenance
free and come with a minimum
production guarantee of 25 years
and last longer than this in reality.
Many options for monitoring your
system are available; local
metering, remote metering and full
wireless monitoring systems.
In the very near future, our CEMS
touch screen technology will be
available as a SMART metering
upgrade which is designed to
manage your systems including
hot water and rainwater harvesting
as one management system, see
CEMS for details.
The main advantage is that current
PGT solutions and CEMS are fully
compliant with all types of
conventional local generation
including Hydro, Fuel Cell of any
type, Hybrid hydrocarbon & biofuel vehicles.
If you want to have a renewable
system which will operate normally
in a power cut or during network
upgrades, then you need to avoid
direct grid connections and select
either our PGT or Off-grid systems.
Installation of renewable systems
are straight forward regardless of
whether you are building a new
house or retrofitting into an existing
house.
The reason for the straight forward
retrofit is due to the fact the house
is already wired for electricity and
the electricity is all the same. This
has the advantage of having a
reasonable and straight forward
installation cost easily carried out
by a competent certified
electrician.
You will also need to check your
voltage levels if you want to use a
basic grid connection for wind also.
(see our technical newsletter for
issues with basic grid connected
wind)
Export payments: both our grid
connected systems are designed
for SMART and to receive REFIT
(renewable energy feed-in tariffs)
for exported energy when it arrives
shortly, but PGT systems will have
the added advantage of exporting
when you choose for the highest
value tariffs during the day, (see
our technical newsletter for details)
Installation
Description
An off-grid system involves one or
several forms of electrical inputs
into your property, which may be
solar photovoltaic (electric) panels,
wind turbines, hydro power, CHP
(combined heat & power), etc.
An off-grid system does not need
the grid to operate but it will require
a base support form either the grid
or a stand alone generator if no
grid is available. In simple terms, it
helps you create an independent
system which can be expanded
over time.
It is fully automatic and stores
electricity, it’s inverters can be
expended up to multiples of 3
kW(p).
Hybrid Sources of Input
A hybrid system is when you have
more than one type of input
technology, i.e. you might have
solar and wind. When developing a
hybrid specification for which
sources of input to use, you need
to consider their output profile
versus your usage profile, i.e. if
you use energy every day in a
similar fashion, then you need to
start with solar photovoltaic panels,
if you have a stream or river then
you may upgrade or add that in. If
you have a site suitable for wind
you may include that. Sometimes
you will only be able to use Solar
photovoltaic energy due to your
location but solar is the best form
of energy as it occurs every day
unlike other sources of renewables
such as wind; and with our
systems, you’ll be able to integrate
new fuel cell, hybrid vehicle
technologies, our current solar hot
water & heating systems and our
rain harvesting systems. With our
off-grid systems, you store the full
value of the energy harvested.
Energy Profile
It’s important that in the design of a
system that you understand your
energy profile. You are responsible
for energy use to produce
electricity, hot water, central
heating and supply water in the
building.
Installation of an advanced grid
connected system can be as
simple as mounting your solar
photovoltaic panels on your roof,
wall or ground mountings, running
2 cables from the panels to your
storage system, mounting and
cabling your inverter and then
simply plugging it in and you are
using your own electricity
automatically.
To integrate with your house
electricity system will involve an
electrician and uses the wiring
already in your property.
The size of the house is not
important but the use. A 2000 sq ft
holiday home would have a
different requirement from a 2000
sq ft house in every day use.
But it is also important to know that
you can convert to a green energy
house in stages and grow your
systems over time. Reduction in
energy is also important and this
can be done by increasing attic
insulation to over 350 mm
especially if you have radiators.
Changing light bulbs, etc and
buying the correct appliances such
as A++ for fridge/freezers, etc
Sizing
Sizing a system is straight forward;
just contact us with your electricity
bill and we’ll give you a few options
which will all be upgradeable.
Solar photovoltaic can be used
everywhere, wind can be used
where you have a site with
clearance between the South &
West to catch prevailing winds,
Hydro can be used where you
have a strong enough stream.
Wind cannot be installed in urban
locations, towns and cities.
Standards
All off-grid systems comply with CE
standards, a European product
standard covering all member
states.
These systems do not connect to
the grid and are fully independent.
Mounting systems; we supply wall, ground and flat roof
mounting systems so every building can mount or solar
energy products of all types in the best possible location.
Mounting angles; the optimum mounting direction is south
with a 30 degree above horizontal for summer and 60
degrees for winter. Some installations will have to mount
according to roof specifications already existing but in
reality, solar photovoltaic panels will operate at any angle
but there will be a slight reduction in efficiency depending
on the angle.
Operation: the operation of an off-grid grid connected
system is fully automatic once installed. You simply forget
about it. You transfer certain parts of your house depending
on the size of your starting system. All lights, TV, radios,
computers, etc. It all depends on the size of your system.
Inverter ratings; off-grid inverters have a maximum rating
depending on the system you start with. This upper value
cannot be breached, i.e. 2000 watt inverter means that it
will disconnect when the load goes over 2000 watts, for
example, all your lights, LCD flat screen TV and
supplementary items would equate to approx 400-500 watts
continuous power.
You can keep expanding it as with all our systems.
Wind Turbines using an off-grid system: as there is a
storage system in our off-grid connections, the financial
feasibility of wind turbines used in conjunction with them is
good. You can double or treble your wind power over time
by using more than one of our micro Jetstreams and while
you increase your power outage, they still are maintenance
free domestic systems. Our wind systems are directly
connected to the storage system for full benefit of energy
produced. The best off-grid grid systems are solar
photovoltaic or solar/wind hybrid systems.
Wind Turbine Note: our standard domestic micro
Jetstream turbines are the only maintenance free systems.
Our larger wind turbine systems are subject to commercial
type installations and are not suitable for domestic
installations due to their significant installation requirements
and blade size.
Larger turbines also have noise ratings to consider.
Type
kWh(p)
SolarPack 1
SolarPack 2
SolarPack 3
SolarPack 4
0.6 kW(p)
1.0 kW(p)
1.6 kW(p)
2.4 kW(p)
Type of
connecti
on
Off-grid
Off-grid
Off-grid
Off-grid
Jetstream 1
0.930 kW(p)
Jetstream 2
1.330 kW(p)
Wind Turbine
Solar Array
Storage
system
Inverter
Country
approvals
No
No
No
No
Works in
power
cut
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Off-grid
460 watt
730 watt controller
option available also
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
EU
Off-grid
460 watt
730 watt controller
option available also
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
EU
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
EU
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
EU
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
EU
EU
EU
EU
EU
2 x turbines
Jetstream 3
2.060 kW(p)
Off-grid
460 watt
730 watt controller
option available also
2 x turbines
Jetstream 4
2.460 kW(p)
Off-grid
460 watt
730 watt controller
option available also
2 x turbines
Custom
systems
????
Off-grid
460 watt
730 watt controller
option available also
Please note wind turbines and additional solar panels, storage and inversion units can be added at any stage. All the above
systems are balanced for off-grid use. Additional outputs should not be added unless additional inputs are added. Holiday
homes are the exception to this rule.
Very important note: Wind cannot be used off-grid on its own as it is not a natural conditioner of battery systems. Conditioning must be provided
by solar photovoltaic (best), generator, or the national grid.
I want to make
my own
electricity
I want to be
independent
I want to be
grid connected
Yes
option of
selling power
to the grid
No
Off-grid
systems
PGT advanced
grid connected
systems
Basic grid
connected
systems
Normal
operation in a
power cut
Normal
operation in a
power cut
No power in a
power cut
Can be made
larger for total
independence
Can be made
larger for
independence
and for large
export
Can be made
larger for
offset and
export
Can be
upgraded to
PGT system
Can harvest
cheap night
rate electricity
SMART
meeting
enabled with
options for
fuel cell,
hybrid vehicle
integration
SMART
metering
enabled
Can be
upgraded to
PGT system
Description
Surface Power’s micro turbine is
designed to connect to our off-grid
solar systems and our PGT grid
connected systems.
These turbines are designed for
high wind conditions in Ireland &
Scotland. Systems are straight
forward to install and mount on a
standard street light pole or other
customised mounting with a blade
diameter of 1.8 metres.
Systems come with a choice of two
controllers, Jetstream one
producing 460 watt/h (p) and
Jetstream two producing 730
watt/h (p)
System comes with
electromagnetic braking as
standard with a straight forward
installation in domestic situations.
www.surfacepower.com
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Appendix 2: SERVE D3.2Report on Phase 1 of RES Retrofitting Actions
8|Page
Project Acronym: SERVE
REF
EC:
(Project
Number)
TREN07/FP6EN/S.07.71106/038382
REF (project coordinator org.):
DOCUMENT:
REF.:
Project Coordinator: Seamus Hoyne
Project coordination org.: Tipperary
Rural and Business Development Institute
Date: 8th December 2008
Revision: Final
Deliverable Report
Deliverable No.: 3.2
Work Package No: 3
CONCERTO INITIATIVE
SERVE
Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village
Environment
Report Title:
Report on Phase 2 Retrofitting Renewable Energy
Demonstration Actions.
Date: 06/11/2009
Author: North Tipperary County Council
Version: 1.1
CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission
Deliverable Report
Table of contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................................... 2
1
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY................................................................................................................................. 4
2
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................. 5
3
THE SERVE RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANT SCHEME ............................................................................. 6
3.1
RESIDENTIAL GRANT SCHEME ..................................................................................................................................6
3.2
REGISTER OF SUPPLIERS/INSTALLERS .......................................................................................................................6
3.3
APPLICATION PROCESS .............................................................................................................................................7
3.3.1
Expression of Interest:......................................................................................................................................7
3.3.2
Information Pack:.............................................................................................................................................7
3.3.3
Application: ......................................................................................................................................................7
3.3.4
Technical Review and Grant Offer: .................................................................................................................7
3.3.5
Declaration of Works: ......................................................................................................................................7
3.3.6
Request for Payment: .......................................................................................................................................7
3.3.7
Technical Certification and Grant Payment: ...................................................................................................7
4
NON RESIDENTIAL GRANT SCHEME ......................................................................................................... 8
4.1
GRANT MEASURES ....................................................................................................................................................8
4.2
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DOCUMENTATION .........................................................................................................8
4.2.1
Expression of Interest:......................................................................................................................................8
4.2.2
Information Pack:.............................................................................................................................................8
4.2.3
Application and Energy Assessment: ...............................................................................................................9
4.2.4
Request for Grant Offer: ..................................................................................................................................9
4.2.5
Grant Offer .......................................................................................................................................................9
4.2.6
Request for Payment: .......................................................................................................................................9
4.2.7
Grant Payment: ................................................................................................................................................9
5
PROMOTION OF THE SCHEME.................................................................................................................. 10
5.1
PROMOTION LAUNCH ..............................................................................................................................................10
5.1.1
Press Releases and Adverts ............................................................................................................................10
5.1.2
Radio Campaign.............................................................................................................................................12
5.1.3
E-mail campaign ............................................................................................................................................12
5.1.4
Postal Mailing ................................................................................................................................................12
5.1.5
Internet ...........................................................................................................................................................12
5.1.6
Newsletters .....................................................................................................................................................12
5.1.7
Information Evenings and Energy Seminar ...................................................................................................13
5.1.8
Public Display ................................................................................................................................................14
5.1.9
Non Residential Information Evening ............................................................................................................14
5.1.10 Sustainable Energy Ireland ............................................................................................................................14
6
RESULTS TO DATE ..................................................................................................................................... 15
6.1
6.2
6.3
7
RESIDENTIAL ...........................................................................................................................................................15
NON RESIDENTIAL ..................................................................................................................................................15
TARGETS AND IMPLEMENTATION ............................................................................................................................15
CONCLUSIONS ............................................................................................................................................ 15
APPENDIX 1: SERVE RESIDENTIAL RES APPLICATION FORM ................................................................... 17
APPENDIX 2: REGISTER OF SUPPLIERS ........................................................................................................ 18
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APPENDIX 3: RESIDENTIAL INFORMATION GUIDE ....................................................................................... 19
APPENDIX 4: RESIDENTIAL LETTER OF OFFER, THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND AN
ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER FORM ...................................................................................................................... 20
APPENDIX 5: NON RESIDENTIAL INFORMATION PACK ............................................................................... 21
APPENDIX 6: NON RESIDENTIAL REQUEST FOR GRANT AID AND GRANT OFFER................................. 22
TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 3-1: SERVE Residential RES Grant Supports .............................................................................................6
Figure 5-1: Press Cutting from Launch..................................................................................................................11
Figure 5-2: Information Evenings...........................................................................................................................13
Figure 5-3: Press Releases after Information Evenings........................................................................................13
Figure 5-4: Press Cuttings from Non Residential Promotional Events..................................................................14
TABLE OF TABLES
Table 4-1: SERVE Non Residential Grant Measures..............................................................................................8
Table 6-1: WP3 Progress on Targets ....................................................................................................................15
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1 Executive Summary
Work Package 3 was launched in Month 20 (July 2009) in conjunction with Phase 2 of Work Package 1. This
launch was over a year behind schedule due to SERVE working in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Home Energy Saving Scheme.
Work Package 3 offered grant aid to home and building owners for the installation of renewable energy measures. These measures included solar flat plates and evacuated tubes, wood stove/inserts, wood heating systems and wind/pv demonstration systems. A number of homeowners availed of the grants but no non residential building has implemented renewable measures to date.
In the case of solar panels and wood heating systems, applicants had to use a contractor and product on Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Homes Scheme Registered List of Installers and Product List. For wood
stoves/inserts applicants had to use a SERVE register.
A detailed application process was developed for both the residential and non residential scheme and it was
rd
launched on June 3 2009. The scheme was promoted in a number of ways including press, media, web, mailings and information meetings.
To date 37.7 KW have been installed with another 36.1KW works in progress under the wood stove/insert target and 32m2 of solar panels have been installed with another 16 m2 works in progress.
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2 Introduction
This report covers the activities relating to Work Package 3 from months 13 to 24. Work Package (WP) 3 was
launched in conjunction with WP 1 in month 20. Work Package 1 focuses on energy efficiency measures and
Work Package 3 focuses on renewable energy measures. To be eligible for grants for renewable measures, a
building needs to have achieved a specific level of energy efficiency via supports from SERVE or prove that it
meets SERVE energy standards. As a result a lot of work package 3 applicants initially came through work
package 1.
Phase 1 of the SERVE grant scheme ran in Year 1 and focused on WP1 only. The reason for this was that the
SERVE grant scheme worked in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Pilot Home Energy Savings
Scheme (HESS). There were grants for attic insulation, wall insulation, heating controls etc. It was agreed to
postpone the launch of WP3 until Year 2 so that the focus could be on bringing buildings up to a high energy
efficiency level and ensuring that there was a stock of houses eligible to apply for work package 3.
The launch for Phase 2 was planned for early 2009. This was a launch of both energy efficiency and renewable energy grants but the timings were impacted on by the National roll out of the Home Energy Saving
Scheme. The national roll out in 2009 resulted in the SERVE Grant Scheme being unable to proceed as
planned because this €50 million funded scheme mirrored the proposed SERVE Energy Efficiency Grant
Scheme. As a result the SERVE grant scheme launch was delayed. This included the WP 3 renewable energy
grant scheme. The Scheme was finally launched in Month 20 – July 2009.
The SERVE Residential Renewable Energy Grants were available to homeowners who had an existing C1
rating on their home. Grants were available for solar flat plates and evacuated tubes, wood stoves/inserts,
wood heating systems and wind/PV demonstration systems.
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The SERVE Non Residential Grant Scheme was available to buildings that were at least 100m and had an
annual heating spend of at least €1,000. The building would also need to carry out energy efficiency measures
and have a combined energy saving of 40% or more. The measures that were grant aided were based on the
results of an energy audit of the building carried out by Tipperary Energy Agency.
There was a Scheme Launch in Month 20 and subsequent promotion was done in the following months. Phase
2 will run through until Month 26. Phase 3 of the SERVE Renewable Energy Grant Schemes will be defined in
Month 24 and 25.
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3 The SERVE Renewable Energy Grant Scheme
3.1
Residential Grant Scheme
Renewable Energy Grants were available to homeowners under the SERVE Project who had an existing C1
Energy Rating on their home. Homeowners who had attained this rating under the Energy Efficiency Grants
Scheme were automatically eligible. Other householders were required to complete an Energy Audit Section
on the Application Form (Appendix.1). This was reviewed by Tipperary Energy Agency to determine if the
house had a C1 Energy Rating. If anything on the application form was unclear, inspections would have been
carried out by Tipperary Energy Agency to establish this energy rating or to confirm details on the application
form.
The following renewable energy measures were are grant aided by North Tipperary County Council:
Grant Measure
Grant Amount
Solar Flat Plates
€100 per m2
Solar Evacuated Tubes
€150 per m2
Wood Stoves/Inserts (wood burning only)
€650
Wood Heating Systems
€3,500
Figure 3-1: SERVE Residential RES Grant Supports
Wind/PV Systems were also grant aided but this process was managed by Surface Power Technologies who
have a separate application process. Applicants were made to Surface Power via the Green Loans Scheme.
The first phase involved a site survey after which an offer for implementation of a micro generation project was
made. Promotion of the micro generation scheme started in June 2009 also.
3.2
Register of Suppliers/Installers
In the case of Solar Flat Plates/Evacuated Tubes and Wood Heating Systems, homeowners had to use a contractor and product on Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Home Scheme Registered List of Installers and
Product List.
For Wood Stoves/Inserts, the homeowner had to use a contractor on the SERVE Register of Suppliers/Installers (Appendix 2). This register was forwarded to relevant homeowners at the Letter of Offer Stage.
The Register of Suppliers and Installers contained:
• Installer/Supplier Name
• Type of service/products provided
• Company contact details
During the development of the register of suppliers for wood stoves it emerged that there is considerable market confusion with regard to what is being marketed as a wood stove in Ireland at present. Key difficulties arose
in the following areas:
• Suppliers selling wood only stoves as ‘solid fuel’ stoves to ensure that they can maximise market share
• Lack of knowledge from suppliers with regard to what is a wood stove and relevant standards required
The TEA has produced a report outlining the range of issues associated with the promotion and installation of
wood stoves in Ireland. This report has been submitted to Sustainable Energy Ireland and a definition of wood
stoves has been developed by SEI, based on the TEA report, which has been integrated into the national DEAP
methodology for completion of BERs.
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3.3
Application Process
3.3.1 Expression of Interest:
Homeowners contacted North Tipperary County Council with their Name and Address (by phone, e-mail or in
person). The location of the building was checked for eligibility and if they met the criteria an Information Pack
was sent out. Alternatively building owners could download the pack from www.servecommunity.ie.
Homeowners who achieved a C1 through Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the SERVE Energy Efficiency Grant Scheme
automatically received a pack.
3.3.2 Information Pack:
The Information Pack included:
a.) Information Guide
b.) Application Form
d.) Technical Guide
e.) Bill Data Authorisation Forms
These documents can be found in Appendix 3.
3.3.3 Application:
The homeowner then returned the Application Form with either a BER Reference Number or a completed
questionnaire and the signed Energy Data Authorisation Forms to North Tipperary County Council.
3.3.4 Technical Review and Grant Offer:
Tipperary Energy Agency then reviewed the BER or questionnaire and if the house was eligible, a Grant Offer
was made by North Tipperary County Council. This Grant Offer consisted of the Letter of Offer, the Terms and
Conditions, and an Acceptance of Offer Form (Appendix 4) The homeowner returned a signed Acceptance of
Offer Form within 3 weeks of the date of the Letter of Offer. North Tipperary County Council signed the Acceptance of Offer Form and returned it to the homeowner with a Request for Payment Form. Works could then
begin.
3.3.5 Declaration of Works:
On completion of works, the contractor and the homeowner completed and signed the Declaration of Works
Form(s). These detailed the measure(s) implemented and the standard to which they were completed. Grant
payment was dependent on this Declaration of Works Form.
3.3.6 Request for Payment:
The homeowner requested payment from North Tipperary County Council by sending in the Request for Payment Form, the Declaration of Works Form, Original Invoices and Original Receipts for the works carried out.
Tipperary Energy Agency will inspect works in 20% of the houses.
3.3.7 Technical Certification and Grant Payment:
If all documentation was in order, and the renewable energy measures installed to the required standards,
North Tipperary County Council paid the homeowner the relevant grant amounts.
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4 Non Residential Grant Scheme
4.1
Grant Measures
The following measures were grant aided under Work Package 3 for Non Residential Buildings. The standard
required and the grant levels are also included:
Grant Measure
Grant Amount
Standard Required
Solar Flat Plates - SERVE only
€100 per m2
European Solar Keymark
certification
- €150 per m2
European Solar Keymark
certification
- ReHeat + SERVE grant level
- Up to a maximum of 40% of eligible costs
European Solar Keymark
certification
Solar Evacuated
SERVE only
Tubes
Solar Flat Plates/Tubes
SERVE & ReHeat
Wood Stoves
€650
Wood Burning Only
Must conform to one of the
following standards
- EN 13240
- Art. 15a
- NS 3038/59
- EN 13229
Wood Heating Systems
- SERVE only
€3,500
Must conform to the
standards
- EN 303-5
following
Must conform to the
standards
- EN 303-5
following
Wood Chip/Pellet (does not ReHeat + SERVE grant level
include wood
gasification - Up to a maximum of 40% of eligible costs
boilers) - SERVE & ReHeat
Table 4-1: SERVE Non Residential Grant Measures
Wind/PV Systems were also grant aided but this process was managed by Surface Power Technologies which
has a separate application process (see section 3.0).
4.2
Application Process and Documentation
4.2.1 Expression of Interest:
Building owners contacted North Tipperary County Council with their Name and Address (by phone, e-mail or in
person). Location and the age of the building were checked for eligibility. The building had to be at least 100m2
and have an annual heating spend of €1,000 to be eligible. If they met the criteria an Information Pack was
sent out. Alternatively building owners could download the pack from www.servecommunity.ie
4.2.2 Information Pack:
The Information Pack included
a.) Information Guide
b.) Application Form
d.) Technical Guide
e.) Bill Data Authorisation Forms
The Information Guide and Application Form can be found in Appendix 5.
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4.2.3 Application and Energy Assessment:
The building owner/applicant submitted the Application Form and the Energy Data Waivers to North Tipperary
County Council. Evidence of building ownership status, legal status (if applicable), tax compliance and insurance etc. was also required. The information was sent to Tipperary Energy Agency who then completed the
Energy Assessment on the building at a time and date agreed with the building owner/applicant.
4.2.4 Request for Grant Offer:
A report was generated from this assessment and this was sent with a Request for Grant Aid Form to the building owner from North Tipperary County Council. This Request for Grant Aid Form detailed the measures specific to that building and the predicted energy saving. (Appendix 6)
4.2.5 Grant Offer
The building owner/applicant selected the measures required and then returned the form to North Tipperary
County Council. This Grant Offer consisted of the Letter of Offer, the Terms and Conditions and an Acceptance
of Offer Form. The building owner returned a signed Acceptance of Offer Form within 3 weeks of the date of
the Letter of Offer. 3 quotes for the planned works had to be returned with the Acceptance of Offer if the
amounts were greater than €5,000. North Tipperary County Council signed the Acceptance of Offer Form and
returned it to the building owner with a Request for Payment Form. Works could then begin.
No requests for payment were made in before October 2009 (Month 24) but the following steps are in place for
the request for payment
4.2.6 Request for Payment:
On completion of works the building owner requests payment from North Tipperary County Council by sending
in the Request for Payment Form, as well as Original Invoices and Original Receipts for the works carried out.
C2 details or Tax Clearance Certificate of the contractor(s) need to be supplied also.
4.2.7 Grant Payment:
Tipperary Energy Agency will then carry out an inspection and if the energy upgrades are completed to the
required standards and all documentation is in order, North Tipperary County Council will pay the building
owner the relevant grant amounts.
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5 Promotion of the Scheme
The scheme was promoted through a range of means and methods. The promotional campaign comprised of
the following
a) press release and adverts at initial launch (June 2009) and during scheme
b) information evenings and energy seminars – June and July 2009
c) use of SERVE, NTCC and TEA Websites
d) email communication to relevant groups
e) promotion via relevant newsletters
5.1
Promotion Launch
5.1.1 Press Releases and Adverts
There were two strands to the initial press campaign – Press Releases and Adverts. The press campaign focused on two regional papers in the SERVE area. The first paper was the Nenagh Guardian which targeted the
whole of the SERVE region. The Midland Tribune was also utilised to target building owners in the east and
north east of the SERVE region.
Press Release
A press release and photo appeared on the Nenagh Guardian and Midland Tribune for the launch of the
SERVE Scheme. It included details of the SERVE region, funding from the EU under the Concerto programme,
the grant measures (residential and non-residential), the information evening and how to apply to the scheme.
Press Adverts
An advert was run in the Nenagh Guardian and the Midland Tribune for the launch of the SERVE Project phase
2. It included details of the SERVE region, funding from the EU under the Concerto programme, the grant
measures (residential and non-residential), the information evening and how to apply.
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Figure 5-1: Press Cutting from Launch
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5.1.2 Radio Campaign
A 30 second radio advert was created for the SERVE project. There were 2 sets of 10 day campaigns booked
with the local radio station, Tipperary FM. The campaigns had 5 adverts a day over the 10 days and the adverts ran at various times to ensure all sections of the community were targeted. Campaign 1 ran from 3/6/09
to 12/6/09 and Campaign 2 ran from 17/6/09 to 26/6/09.
5.1.3 E-mail campaign
There were 2 e-mail campaigns carried out to promote the SERVE Project launch. An e-mail, focusing on the
residential sector, was sent to all employees and elected representatives in North Tipperary County Council to
inform them about the launch of the SERVE Project North Tipperary County Enterprise Board sent a mail to
their approx. 600 clients to inform them of the supports under the Non-Residential scheme.
5.1.4 Postal Mailing
A commercial postal mailing was also used to promote the Non Residential Grant Scheme. The database was
created by North Tipperary County Council and was based on buildings that would require a high heat load
such as hotels, nursing homes, schools etc. This mailing contained an information guide, technical guide and
an application form. The initial mailing consisted of 87 packs being sent out.
In addition to this targeted mailing, general information on the SERVE Non Residential Grant Scheme was sent
to a further 80 business on Enterprise Ireland’s mailing list.
A postal mailing was also used for the Residential Sector. An Information Pack was sent 83 people who had
made queries prior to the launch. Information was also sent to Active Retirement Associations and I.C.A.
groups in the area, as well as the Citizens Information Office.
Sustainable Energy Ireland Mailing
Sustainable Energy Ireland sent a letter to each eligible applicant, from North Tipperary, to the Home Energy
Saving scheme, informing them about the SERVE Grant Scheme. The initial mailing was to 70 applicants.
5.1.5 Internet
Promotion on the internet focused on the SERVE website www.servecommunity.ie. North Tipperary County
Council also promoted the scheme on its website. The main home page announced the launch and there was
a link to the Community and Enterprise page and www.servecommunity.ie . The TEA also promoted the grants
via its website (www.tea.ie).Further details available in Deliverable 8.9.
5.1.6 Newsletters
EIST
A newsletter called “Eist” is distributed to all serving and retired council employees once a month with their payslip. The June edition had information on the SERVE Project on the cover page.
Church Newsletters
Information about the SERVE Project and Information Evening was sent to parish priests for inclusion on their
newsletter in the following areas throughout the duration of SERVE Project Phase 2:
•
•
•
•
•
•
SERVE
Puckane
Lorrha
Borrisokane
Nenagh
Cloughjordan
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5.1.7 Information Evenings and Energy Seminar
A range of information evenings and energy seminars were organised to inform people of the supports and
provide opportunities to meet with contractors and suppliers in the scheme. These events were promoted via
the press, newsletters, email communications, posters and via relevant websites. The first event took place in
the Abbey Court Hotel on the 9th June 2009. Tipperary Energy Agency and North Tipperary County Council
presented the SERVE Grant Scheme’s background, objectives, grant measures and application process to
members of the public. There were a number of contractors there also. There were over 50 people in attendance. The event was promoted through press releases and adverts. There was also posters placed in areas
around Nenagh such as shopping centres, the library, the post office, community buildings and in businesses
that had a high number of employees. 33 packs were distributed at the Information Evening.
Follow up information evenings were held in Borrisokane Community College on the 8th July and in The Abbey
Court Hotel on the 9th July. Tipperary Energy Agency and North Tipperary County Council presented at these
information evenings. Contractors also had stands at the information events.
Figure 5-2: Information Evenings
Figure 5-3: Press Releases after Information Evenings
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5.1.8 Public Display
The Tipperary Energy Agency also produced a range of posters and case studies on the scheme and these
were put on public display in the North Tipperary County Council Offices.
5.1.9 Non Residential Information Evening
A specific event for the Non-Residential sector was held in conjunction with Tipperary North County Enterprise Board in the Abbey
Court Hotel on the 20th July. This event was promoted as follows:
• via postal and email contact with relevant groups including
• A postal mailing was sent to all business on the SERVE
mailing list telling them of the Information Evening.
• An e-mail was sent from the North Tipperary County
Council to all its members.
• A subsequent e-mail was sent to Enterprise Ireland’s
Development Agents.
• Information was also sent to local banks and credit unions.
• This scheme was also promoted at various relevant
meetings at which North Tipperary County Council attended.
• There was a series of press adverts and press releases
in the Nenagh Guardian and Midland Tribune
Figure 5-4: Press Cuttings from Non
Residential Promotional Events
5.1.10 Sustainable Energy Ireland
Sustainable Energy Ireland also contacted all those from North Tipperary who applied to the HES Scheme. In
total 182 letters were sent to these applicants informing them about the project and additional supports available under SERVE.
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6 Results to date
6.1
Residential
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
6.2
Approximately 25 Expressions of Interest were made and each person received an Information Pack.
In addition to expressions of interest made to North Tipperary County Council, some applicants
downloaded the information from www.servecommunity.ie. The majority of applicants came through
Phase1 or Phase 2 of the Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme.
30 applications were made.
3 applicants were ineligible.
Out of the 27 eligible applicants – 25 Letters of Offer were sent out and the other 2 are awaiting confirmation of C1 status.
5 people did not or could not proceed to the Acceptance of Offer stage.
Out of the 20 remaining applicants – there have been 17 Acceptances of Offer and answers are awaited an answer from the other 3 applicants.
There have been 9 Requests for Payment with at least a further 11 due in before Mid December
8 Payments have been made to date.
Non Residential
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North Tipperary County Council and TEA drew up a list of potential business that would benefit from the
SERVE Non Residential Grant Scheme. A pack was sent to all these businesses. Packs were also
sent to any business who expressed an interest in the scheme. In total 117 packs were distributed.
There have been no applications to date from non residential buildings for renewable grants but there
are a number of key projects which are being discussed and developed further with clients.
Targets and Implementation
The following table outlines the current status of implementation.
Work Package 3
Target KW
KW to date
Committed KW
Possible KW
Required KW
Wood Stoves
2600
37.7
36.1
13.5
2512.7
Wood Boiler
900
0
0
0
Solar
2
2
2
Target m
m to date
Committed m
400
Target kW
32.5
KW to date
16
Committed KW
900
2
Possible m
Required m2
12
Possible KW
339.5
Required KW
Wind/PV
Table 6-1: WP3 Progress on Targets
Monitoring of the initial installations will start in early 2010 via WP5. The metering and monitoring system which
is being developed will also be applied to the renewable energy installations where technically possible.
7 Conclusions
Work Package 3 was launched on Month 20 so it is over 1 year behind schedule and well below targets. The
delays were outside of the control of the project partners and every effort is now being made to make up time
and achieve the overall targets. There are a number of options being reviewed with the EU Commission for
Phase 3 of the SERVE Grant Supports to help achieve these targets
1. Increasing the period for implement from Month 36 to Month 48 to make up for the delays in implementing the WP
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2. Removing the energy efficiency requirement for people to apply for RES Retrofitting Grants to maximise the market available for the installations
3. Re-allocation of capacity from wood stoves and individual boilers to a number of larger scale projects
biomass heating projects
4. Micro Generation targets being increased and change contract to allow more suppliers provide products
5. Complete scoping study of potential for inclusion of Anaerobic Digestion project within the SERVE project
The next phase of supports will be launched in January 2010 with an active push towards implementation of
actions.
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Appendix 1: SERVE Residential RES Application Form
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SERVE Project Grant Scheme
Residential Section
Application Form for Renewable Energy
Grants
IMPORTANT NOTICE
It is the responsibility of each applicant to the SERVE Grant Scheme to ensure that they have read, and fully understood the Information Guide, the
Terms & Conditions and the Application Form before submitting a signed Application Form. Failure to fully adhere to the provisions of the Information
Guide, the Terms & Conditions and the Application Form will result in application refusal, grant revocation or payment request refusal, depending on the
particular status and stage of the grant.
North Tipperary County Council and its partner Tipperary Energy Agency do
not, in any way, warrant or guarantee the products or services provided by
any of the suppliers/installers listed. No liability or responsibility whatsoever
will attach to North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary Energy
Agency whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of
any claim or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to, any equipment,
product, work, system or installation in respect of which grant approval was
given by North Tipperary
This Application Form may be revised periodically. Call 067 44671 or visit
www.servecommunity.ie to ensure that you have the latest version.
Version 2.0
The SERVE Project is funded by the European Commission
under its Concerto Programme
Section 1:
Applicant Details
Name__________________________________________________________________________
Address________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
Mobile number___________________________________________________________________
Landline Number_________________________________________________________________
Do you have broadband internet access
Yes
No
E-mail Address______________________________________________________________________
Section 2:
Property Details
(if different from above)
Address_________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
Is the building a listed building?
Section 3:
Yes
No
Renewable Energy Grants
The SERVE Renewable Energy Grants Scheme is open to homeowners who have an existing C1
rating on their home or who have upgraded their home under SERVE Energy Efficiency Grant
Scheme to this standard. If you have not upgraded your home under the SERVE Energy Efficiency
Grant Scheme, please answer the following questions to determine your eligibility. Please note a
follow up inspection may be required.
3.1 Audit of House:
What is the year of construction of your house?
1. House Description:
No of Stories:
What type of house do you have?
Detached
Semi-detached
Ter2. Windows:
How many windows do you have:
How many are double glazed:
_____________________
_____________________
raced
_____________________
_____________________
3. Walls:
What type of wall do you have?
A.) Solid wall
B.) Cavity construction
C.) Cavity Block (hollow Block)
Have you added extra wall insulation (cavity fill or dry lining).
Yes
No
If yes, describe what was done (year, method, % of total walls to which insulation was added ):
__________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________
4. Insulation:
What is the depth of your current attic insulation?
________________mm
5. Heating Controls:
How many of each of the following Heating Control Measures do you have in your house?
Time clock (integrated programmer)
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Thermostat for space heating
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Thermostat for hot water (on side of cylinder)
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Thermostatic radiator valves (5 settings on radiators)
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6. Heating System
What is your main heating system?
A.) Boiler
B.) Range
C.) Stove
D.) Other - Please Describe
_______________________________________________
What is approximate year of installation of Boiler/ Range/ Stove?
______________
What is your main heating fuel?
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Do you have any existing renewable energy supply?
Yes
No
If yes, please detail___________________________________________________________
3.2 Grant Measures
Please tick the measures for which you wish to apply:
Grant Measure
Grant Amount
Please tick
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Solar Flat Plates
€100 per m
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Solar Evacuated Tubes
€150 per m2
3
Wood Stoves/Inserts (wood burning
only)
€650
4
Wood Chip/Pellet Heating Systems
€3,500
5
Wind/PV Demonstration Systems
These grants are managed by Greenloan on behalf o
Surface Power. Please contact www.greenloan.ie or
call 1850 336 336 for more information.
Section 4:
Applicant Declaration and BER Confirmation
4.1 Applicant Declaration
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I confirm that I am the building owner referenced in this Application Form and that the building
is permanently occupied and is an existing home.
I confirm that the house is in the SERVE region.
I understand that if I apply for the SERVE Renewable Grant, my home must be at a C1 Energy Rating and this will be determined by a BER or the information supplied on this application form and a possible subsequent inspection of my house.
I understand In the case of Solar Flat Plates/Evacuated Tubes and Wood Heating Systems, I
must use a contractor on Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Home Scheme Registered
List of Installers.
I understand that for Wood Stoves/Inserts, I must use a contractor from the SERVE Register
of Suppliers/Installers.
I understand that to avail of the SERVE Renewable Energy Grants I need to provide pre and
post upgrade energy data and may be required to allow monitoring equipment to be installed
in my home.
I understand that grants will not be paid for purchases made or works commenced before the
signed Acceptance of Offer has been returned by North Tipperary County Council to me.
If my building is selected, I agree to participate in the on-line monitoring programme or have
monitoring equipment installed.
I understand that if I accept the grant offer, all works must be carried out and request for payment made before Mid-October 2009.
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Signature
______________________
Date
4.2 BER Authorisation Declaration
If you have a BER, please fill out the Reference Number and sign the Authorisation below:
BER Reference Number:___________________________________________
BER Assessor Name:______________________________________________
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I authorise my BER Assessor to pass full details of my BER to Tipperary Energy Agency and/
or North Tipperary County Council.
I authorise the viewing of my BER details by Tipperary Energy Agency and/or North Tipperary
County Council for the purposes of the SERVE Project Grant Scheme.
If my BER was carried out before the SERVE Grant Scheme launch date of 3rd June 2009, I
agree to an inspection of my house by Tipperary Energy Agency
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______________________
Signature
Date
Section 5:
Contact Details
Please return completed application form to:
SERVE Project Grants Scheme
Community & Enterprise Department
North Tipperary County Council
Civic Offices
Limerick Road
Nenagh
Co Tipperary
For further information:
Telephone: 067 44671
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web:
www.servecommunity.ie
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Appendix 2: Register of Suppliers
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Supplier/Installer
Contact Details
Heatcraft
Unit 9, Block F
Axis Business Park
Tullamore
057 9352572
www.heatcraft.ie
[email protected]
Supra Tertio 54, 55, 64, 67, 69, 74, 76, 79,
Supra Tertio 67 VL1, 67 VTL2, 76 VL1, 76 VL2
Supra Tertio 540 V, 550 V, 640 V, 670 V, 690 V, 740 V, 760 V, 790 V
067 42709
www.ryanstoves.ie
[email protected]
Charnwood Country 4, Charnwood Country 6, Charnwood Country 8, Charnwood Country 12
Charnwood Cove 1, Charnwood Cove 2, Charnwood Cove 3
Charnwood Island 1, Charnwood Island 2, Charnwood Island 3
Intrepid ll Models 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 30070, 30072, 30073, 30074
Morsø 1410, Morsø 1430 UK, Morsø 3110, Morsø 3140, Morsø 3410
Romotop Stromboli, Merida, Riano, Cotopaxi, Astorga
Stovax Riva 40 Cassette, Stovax Riva 44 Cassette, Stovax Riva 66 Cassette, Stovax 66 Avanti
Ryan Stoves Ltd
Burgess
Nenagh
Co. Tipperary
IMPORTANT
Only wood burning stoves or the wood burning variant of a multi fuel stove will be grant aided.
Please Note: This register is being updated on a regular basis and Wood Stove Suppliers/Installers can register by calling
North Tipperary County Council on 067 44671 or logging on to www.servecommunity.ie. Your Wood Stove
Supplier/Installer and your chosen Wood Stove/Insert must be listed on this register for grants to be paid
Deliverable Report
Appendix 3: Residential Information Guide
The Information Pack included:
a.) Information Guide
b.) Application Form
d.) Technical Guide
e.) Bill Data Authorisation Forms
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SERVE Project Residential Grant Scheme
Information Guide for Renewable Energy
Grants
IMPORTANT NOTICE
It is the responsibility of each applicant to the SERVE Grant Scheme to ensure that they have read, and fully understood this Information Guide, the
Terms & Conditions and the Application Form before submitting a signed Application Form. Failure to fully adhere to the provisions of this Information
Guide, the Terms & Conditions and the Application Form will result in application refusal, grant revocation or payment request refusal, depending on the
particular status and stage of the grant.
No liability or responsibility whatsoever will attach to North Tipperary County
Council and/or Tipperary Energy Agency whether for breach of contract,
negligence or otherwise, in respect of any claim or cause of action arising
out of, or in relation to, any equipment, product, work, system or installation
in respect of which grant approval was given by North Tipperary County
Council under the SERVE Project Grants Scheme.
This Information Guide may be revised periodically. Call 067 44671 or visit
www.servecommunity.ie to ensure that you have the latest version
Version 2.0
The SERVE Project is funded by the European Commission
under its Concerto Programme
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Contents
Page Number
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Background to the SERVE Project
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2.
SERVE Region
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3.
Renewable Energy Grants
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4.
Register of Supplier/Contractors
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5.
Application Process
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6.
Inspection
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7.
Energy Data and Monitoring
7.1 Provision of Energy Bills
7.2 Energy Monitoring
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Terms & Conditions
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9.
Contact Details
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1.
Background to the SERVE Project
The European Commission, under its Concerto Programme, is aiding the creation of several Sustainable Energy Areas throughout Europe. An area of North Tipperary has been approved funding
as part of this Concerto Programme. A key part of this Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment Project (SERVE) is the upgrading of 500 existing homes and buildings from an energy
efficiency point of view. In order to make this a reality North Tipperary County Council, with its partner Tipperary Energy Agency, will deliver a Grant Scheme to residential and non residential building
owners to upgrade their properties. The technologies covered in the SERVE Grant Scheme will focus on increasing the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, and where this has been done, providing homes and buildings with a renewable energy heating source.
The SERVE Project aims to create a sustainable energy area in North Tipperary. The SERVE project has the following key objectives.
• Create a region in North Tipperary which is a leader in the implementation of sustainable
energy actions.
• Reduce the energy consumption in 500 existing homes and buildings by improving their
energy performance.
• Develop a eco-village with 132 houses in Cloughjordan which showcases energy efficient
design an a renewable energy district heating system.
• Increase the use of renewable energy technologies through supporting the installation of
renewable energy heating systems and demonstrating the use of electricity from micro wind
systems.
• Utilise technical and socio-economic expertise from European Partners to monitor performance and impacts in the region and to disseminate the results widely.
2.
SERVE Region
The SERVE region is located in an area of North Tipperary that covers:
Nenagh Town Ballymackey
Cloughjordan
Ballingarry
Riverstown
Rathcabbin
Redwood
Lorrha
Terryglass
Dromineer
Borrisokane
Ardcroney
Toomevara (within the village boundaries)
Eligibility is determined by DED (District Electoral Division) and if you require further information
regarding the SERVE region or your eligibility, contact Community and Enterprise Department, North
Tipperary County Council on 067 44671 or [email protected]
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3.
Grant Details
The SERVE Grants are divided into Energy Efficiency Grants and Renewable Energy Grants. This
information guide deals specifically with the SERVE Renewable Energy Grant.
The house must have been occupied for at least one year before application and have an existing
heating system.
SERVE Renewable Energy Grants
There are Renewable Energy Grants available to homeowners under the SERVE project who have
an existing C1 Energy Rating on their home. Homeowners who have attained this rating under the
Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme are automatically eligible. Other householders are required to
complete the Energy Audit Section on the Application Form. This will be reviewed to determine if the
house has a C1 Energy Rating. Inspections may be carried out by Tipperary Energy Agency to establish this energy rating or to confirm details on the application form.
The following renewable energy measures are grant aided:
Solar Thermal Panels/Tubes - Used to heat water for either space or hot water heating. Both flat
plate and evacuated tube systems will be supported. Homeowners may also apply for grant aid under Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Homes Scheme.
Wood Stoves/Inserts - Solid (logs not pellets) wood burning stoves to replace existing open fires.
The SERVE Project promotes a move from the use of energy inefficient open fires to high efficiency
wood stoves. The funding is focused particularly on wood stoves and will not support multi-fuel
stoves.
Wood Heating Systems - Full pellet/wood gasification boiler systems replacing the traditional boiler.
Homeowners may not apply for grant aid under Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Homes
Scheme.
Wind/PV Demonstration Systems - The SERVE project supports a small number of wind/
photovoltaic systems. These grants are managed by Surface Power as partners in the project.
The grant levels for the SERVE Renewable Energy Grants are as follows:
Grant Measure
Grant Amount
Solar Flat Plates
€100 per m2
Solar Evacuated Tubes
€150 per m2
Wood Stoves/Inserts (wood burning
only)
€650
Wood Heating Systems
€3,500
Wind/PV Demonstration Systems
These grants are managed by Greenloan on behalf of Surface
Power. Please contact www.greenloan.ie or call 1850 336 336 for
more information.
4.
Register of Contractors/Suppliers
In the case of Solar Flat Plates/Evacuated Tubes and Wood Heating Systems, homeowners must
use a contractor on Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Home Scheme Registered List of Installers.
For Wood Stoves/Inserts, the homeowner will have to use a contractor on the SERVE Register of
Suppliers/Installers. This register will be forwarded to relevant homeowners at the Letter of Offer
Stage. The Register of Suppliers and Installers contains:
• Installer/Supplier Name
• Type of service/products provided
4 • Company contact details
Important: North Tipperary County Council and its partners Tipperary Energy Agency do not, in
any way, warrant or guarantee the products or services provided by any of the suppliers/installers
listed. No liability or responsibility whatsoever will attach to North Tipperary County Council or its
partners whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any claim or cause of
action arising out of, or in relation to, any equipment, product, work, system or installation in respect
of which grant approval was given by North Tipperary County Council under the SERVE Project
Grant Scheme.
In order to receive grant payment, the applicant must supply North Tipperary County Council with a
completed “Declaration of Works” which the installer/supplier should sign once the work is completed. The homeowner must also sign this document
5.
Application Process
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The homeowner submits an Expression of Interest, online on www.servecommunity.ie
or by calling North Tipperary County Council on 067 44671.
North Tipperary County Council sends out a SERVE Grant Scheme Information Pack
to eligible homeowners.
Eligibility is defined by the age and the location of the house. The SERVE Pack will
contain the Information Guide, the Technical Guide, the Energy Data Authorisation
Form and the Application Form.
The homeowner returns the Application Form (with the BER Reference Number if
applicable) and the signed Energy Data Authorisation Forms to North Tipperary County
Council. These should be returned within 2 weeks of receipt the SERVE Grants
Scheme Information Pack
Tipperary Energy Agency will review the energy audit questions or the BER and if the
house is eligible (i.e. at a C1 energy level), a Grant Offer will be made by North
Tipperary County Council. A Grant Offer consists of the Letter of Offer, the Terms and
Conditions and an Acceptance of Offer Form. Ineligible applicants will be notified. An
inspection by Tipperary Energy Agency may be required to evaluate the house.
The Homeowner returns a signed Acceptance of Offer Form to North Tipperary
County Council within 3 weeks of the date of the Letter of Offer
North Tipperary County Council signs the Acceptance of Offer Form and returns it to
the homeowner with a Request for Payment Form and a Declaration of Works Form.
Works may then commence.
On completion of works, the contractor and the homeowner completes and signs the
Declaration of Works Form. This details the measure (s) implemented and the
standard to which they were completed. Grant payment will be dependent on this
Declaration of Works Form.
The homeowner requests payment from North Tipperary County Council by sending in
the Request for Payment Form, the Declaration of Works Form, Original Invoices and
Original Receipts for the works carried out.
Tipperary Energy Agency will inspect at least 20% of the houses.
If all documentation is in order, the renewable energy measures implemented and
confirmation of same by Tipperary Energy Agency, North Tipperary County Council will
issue relevant grant payment.
All works must be carried out and request for grant payment submitted before MidOctober 2009.
Inspection
North Tipperary County Council and its partner Tipperary Energy Agency reserve the right to inspect any works carried out under the SERVE Project Grant Scheme. All completed installations
may be subject to inspection. Properties may be the subject of a sampling process and building
owners will be notified prior to the inspection. Inspections will be carried out at a time agreed by the
building owner and the agency. Grant payment will be made upon satisfactory inspection.
7.
Energy Data & Monitoring
7.1 Provision of Energy Bills
One of the requirements of the SERVE Project is to reduce the energy used and the CO2 emissions in the region. This energy load for the region will be quantified by analysing energy data from5
before and after the works have been completed. The Tipperary Energy Agency requires at least
two years of pre-upgrade and two years of post-upgrade energy data. (In the case of applicants
that have been in the house for less than 2 years, one years pre-upgrade data will be sufficient).
The applicant will be requested to sign a Pre and Post Authorisation Form authorising Tipperary
Energy Agency to request the data directly from the homeowners energy supplier.
Failure to sign the Authorisation Form will result in ineligibility for the grant scheme.
7.2 Energy Monitoring
Under the SERVE Project Grant Scheme, there is a requirement to monitor the energy consumption
of a number of the homes and buildings upgraded. The buildings to be monitored will be at the discretion of the auditors. Monitoring of houses may require a certain amount of equipment installed in
a number of houses for a period of 2 years. The following parameters (some or all) will be required
to be monitored:
• Oil consumption via a flow meter into a boiler
• Interior temperature(s) via a wireless sensor located in the house
• Electricity consumption via a wireless sensor in the meter box
• Domestic hot water consumption
• Hot water production from installed solar panels
• Hot water production from installed wood stoves or boilers
These installations will be unobtrusive as possible, all sensors will be wireless and there will be no
permanent fixings. In the case of the oil meter and hot water flow meter, the meter will have to be
installed in the pipe.
8.
Terms and Conditions
• The applicant must be the owner of the home, which must be located in the SERVE region in
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respect of which the grant application is made (not applicable to mobile homes, caravans,
houseboats or other temporary dwellings).
The applicable house must have been built pre 2006.
All works must be carried out and request for grant payment made before Mid-October 2009.
The applicant must carry out all measures identified in the Letter of Offer.
All relevant work carried out must comply with current planning requirements, particularly
those requirements pertaining to protected structures and houses in Architectural Conservation areas.
The applicant must obtain all necessary consents, permissions and statutory approvals and
have authority to install the measures in his/her home.
The applicant’s agreement with North Tipperary County Council in the event of an Acceptance of Offer being signed will comprise of the Information Guide, the Letter of Offer and the
Terms and Conditions. The applicant shall comply with and agree to be bound by the provisions of these documents.
Approval of the grant only becomes valid on receipt by the homeowner of the signed copy of
the Acceptance of Offer Form from North Tipperary County Council.
The applicant must secure approval from North Tipperary County Council before assuming
he/she will receive the grant. North Tipperary County Council reserves the right to reject/
approve applications to the SERVE Grant Scheme.
The applicant must ensure that no purchase of materials or works commencement has occurred prior to the Acceptance of Offer being signed by the applicant and North Tipperary
County Council.
A grant is only payable if all works indicated in the Acceptance of Offer Form are completed
as specified.
The applicant must sign an Authorisation Form to allow Tipperary Energy Agency to obtain
pre upgrade and post upgrade energy usage information.
The applicant must allow the Tipperary Energy Agency, or their authorised agents, install
energy monitoring devices in an agreed place for the purpose of monitoring the energy consumption of the home, if selected to be a monitored home.
• The applicant must engage a contractor on the list of Registered Suppliers/Installers or a
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contractor from Sustainable Energy Ireland’s Greener Home Scheme Registered List of Contractors where applicable.
The timing of the payment of the grant to approved applicants is subject to the funding allocated by the EU to the Scheme in a particular year. Where all conditions are met, payment
will be made on a “first come, first served” basis. Where funding is exhausted in a particular
year, payment to remaining applicants will be deferred until such a time as further funds is
available. Deferred payments will receive priority, if and when those funds become available.
The homeowner must facilitate any reasonable request made by the local authority requiring
the contractor to return to the house in order to make good any works deemed not to meet
the standards of the SERVE Grant Scheme
North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary Energy Agency accepts no liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any dispute, claim or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to, any product (or its suitability),
any materials (or their suitability), equipment (or its suitability), work, system, service, specification, standard, installation or the qualification or performance of the contractor in respect of
which grant approval or payment was given by North Tipperary County Council. No undertaking, guarantee, assurance or other warranty, express or implied, is given by North Tipperary County Council, or any of its agents or servants, in respect of the cost, quality, efficiency
and/or benefit of any work, equipment, materials, product, service or installation provided
under the SERVE Grant Scheme.
The information provided herein and on the www.servecommunity.ie is provided solely for
the purpose of providing assistance to the home owner in contracting suppliers/installers,
and is not intended to warrant or guarantee the quality of the product and/or the installation
chosen by the grant applicant. No undertaking, guarantee, assurance or other warranty, express or implied, is given by North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary Energy
Agency or any of its agents or servants, in respect of the cost, quality, efficiency and/or
benefit of any work, equipment, product, service or installation provided under the Scheme.
The fact of registration on the list of Registered Contractors for the Scheme does not infer
any warranty or endorsement of that product or contractor by North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary Energy Agency.
In the event of any breach of the Terms and Conditions of the SERVE Project Grant Scheme
or the Letter of Offer or the Acceptance of Offer by the applicant and where the applicant has
received payment pursuant to the Scheme, North Tipperary County Council shall, amongst
its remedies against the applicant, be entitled to demand the complete repayment of the
grant payment and the applicant agrees to comply with any such demand within one month
of the date of the letter from North Tipperary County Council containing such demand.
The applicant shall follow the North Tipperary County Council complaints procedure in relation to any disputes between the applicant and North Tipperary County Council concerning
any matter in connection with the Scheme.
All data received from applicants by North Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Energy
Agency will be subject to Data Protection and will only be used for the purposes of the
SERVE Project. This may include sharing of applicant information with SEI for the purposes
of linkages between this scheme and the Home Energy Savings Scheme and/or the Greener
Home Scheme administered by them.
There will be a need for dissemination activities including case studies, site visits, media and
other materials etc. Individual homeowners will be asked for permission to use their home
for these purposes.
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9.
Contact
For further information, please contact:
Community & Enterprise Department
North Tipperary County Council
Civic Offices
Limerick Road
Nenagh
Co. Tipperary
067 44671
[email protected]
www.servecommunity.ie
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Technical Guide
Tipperary Energy Agency and North Tipperary County Council
wish to acknowledge the input to this guide from Sustainable
Energy Ireland’s Home Energy Saving scheme Technical Guide
This Technical Guide may be revised periodically
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Table of Contents
Page Number
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Solar Water Heating
3
1.1 Solar Flat Plates
1.2 Solar Evacuated Tubes
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3
2.
Wood Stoves/Inserts
5
3.
Wood Heating Systems
6
3.1 Wood Pellet Boilers
3.2 Wood Gasification Boilers
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1.
Solar Water Heating:
Key Solar Facts and Tips
Solar Panels, also known as solar collectors are devices usually located on the roofs of dwellings
but can also be installed at ground level, provided it is not shaded. They use the sun’s heat to
warm water, or another fluid, which is pumped through the panel. The fluid is then fed to a heat
store (e.g. a hot water tank) and provides hot water or a source of hot water for central heating for
your home. Solar panels work throughout daylight hours, even if the sky is overcast and there is no
direct sunshine. Solar panels can also be used to contribute to space heating demand. The cost of
a professionally installed solar system for heating hot water can vary greatly. If you are considering
investing in this technology you should research the products to ensure that you are getting the
best system for your needs and value for money.
The Benefits of solar water heating
• Reduction in heating bills
• Increased comfort levels
• Reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions
1.1
Flat plate Solar Collector
A flat plate collector consists of a thin plate called an absorber backed by a grid or coil of fluid
tubing and placed in an insulated casing with a glass or transparent plastic cover
The fluid is circulated, using either mains or solar electricity, through the tubing to remove the heat
from the absorber and to transport it to an insulated water tank, sometimes directly or otherwise to
a heat exchanger or to some other device for using the heated fluid.
Most flat plate collectors have a life expectancy of 20 - 25 years.
1.2
Evacuated Tube Solar Collector
Evacuated tube collectors are made of a series of modular tubes mounted in parallel. This type of
collector consists of rows of parallel transparent glass tubes, each of which contains an absorber
tube (in place of the absorber plate to which metal tubes are attached in a flat-plate collector). In
some cases, the tubes are covered with a special light-modulating coating. In an evacuated tube
collector, sunlight passing through an outer glass tube heats the absorber tube contained within it.
The absorber can either consist of copper (glass-metal) or specially-coated glass tubing (glassglass). The glass-metal evacuated tubes are typically sealed at the manifold end, and the absorber
is actually sealed in the vacuum, thus the fact that the absorber and heat pipe are dissimilar metals
creates no corrosion problems. Foam insulation is used in the manifold.
Location
The optimum location for solar panel collectors for all year round energy collection is roughly south
facing and at a tilt angle of 30°- 45° to the horiz ontal (however angles between 15° and 60° are
also acceptable). It is also important that the collectors are positioned so there are no shadows on
them during the middle of the day. Shading can be from the collectors themselves, or from trees,
chimneys, part of the building or adjacent buildings.
Controller
After commissioning, a permanent power supply should be provided for the solar controller to
ensure circulation in the system.
Water Storage Cylinder
An appropriately sized cylinder should be chosen for the house. The volume of your solar hot water
cylinder is related to the solar panel area and the maximum cylinder temperature. It is
recommended that the hot water tank has 50 - 80 litres of water per square metre of solar panel
area, and it is supplied and at a maximum cylinder temperature of 80 – 90 °C. Smaller capacities
will limit the benefit from the system and may lead to frequent overheating of the solar circuit.
Generally Dual Coil Cylinders should be used, having the coils at the top and bottom of the
cylinder. The solar collector circuit should be connected to the bottom coil and the auxiliary circuit
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to the top coil, which will enable the solar system to pre-heat in cold weather. Your installer will be
able to help you choose an appropriately sized cylinder for your system.
Thermostatic Anti-Scald Valve
Best practice calls for the fitting of a thermal mixing (anti-scald) valve. This applies to all hot water
systems and not just solar heated water systems. With the current recommendation to store hot
water at 60°C to prevent the growth of Legionella b acteria it is becoming more of a consideration to
install thermal mixing valves. A thermal mixing valve mixes cold and hot water together to ensure
the water temperature is safe for people to use.
System Components
• A solar collector which absorbs sunlight and changes it into heat
• A pump which transfers the heat from the collector to hot water in the storage cylinder
• The storage tank accumulates the hot water produced by solar energy so that it can be
stored for use when needed
• A back-up heater (gas, oil, or wood fueled boiler, immersion heater or heat pump) which will
bring the hot water to the temperature required when there is not enough sunlight to do so.
In Ireland, solar collectors alone cannot provide all the hot water for a household’s needs
throughout the year. Correctly sized they will supply 60% of heat or domestic hot water needs.
They are normally installed in conjunction with a conventional back-up heating system.
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2.
Wood Stoves / Inserts
A wood stove is a space heater i.e. intended to heat a space directly, unlike a central heating boiler
which supplies its heat to the house through a system of pipe work. A wood stove is an economical
wood heating option. A stove can be located anywhere there is enough space and where its flue
can be properly routed. A perfect installation has the stove located centrally in the main floor living
area of the house and the flue pipe running straight up into the chimney. This installation design
will provide the best performance and will require the least amount of maintenance.
Stove inserts are also available on the market which fit directly into an existing fireplace or hearth.
These are available as pellet or wood burning types. However only log burning stove inserts are
grant aided under the SERVE Energy Grant Schemes.
Benefits
Replacing your boiler with a log stove will:
• Allow you to use locally sourced sustainable wood fuel
• Reduce your heating bills
• Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions
• Increase comfort levels in your home.
Quality Stoves
There are many stoves on market that conform to various quality standards. A good quality stove
will conform to the European Standard EN13240/13229. Stoves that do not meet this standard
are not eligible under the scheme. Stoves must also reach a rated efficiency of 70%. Most high
quality brands will exceed this standard. Care must be taken to ensure your stove meets the
above standard.
Air Supply
A stove must have a secure air supply for safe operation (see Part J of the current Building
Regulations – go to www.environ.ie ). This can be either in the form of a controlled dedicated air
supply directly to the appliance, or in the form of a permanent ventilation opening to the room in
which the appliance is located. Best practice is to rely upon dedicated ventilation and not on air
infiltration or leakage into the room. The size of the opening depends on the size of the appliance.
Your installer should be able to size this correctly. In addition, extractor fans may interfere with the
operation of the appliance causing smoke to escape out of the appliance into the surrounding area
so please consult with your installer.
Flues
The flue is used for the exhaust of the stove. It can be installed through a chimney or outside the
building. The flue must be installed to current Building Regulations. (Part J, check www.environ.ie).
If installed outside the building some things to look for would be:
• It is above the eaves line by 1metre or 600mm if coming out near the roof apex.
• It is double walled and insulated.
• It has a cowl on top to prevent downdraughts.
• It should be separated from any possible combustible material.
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3.
Wood Heating Systems
3.1
Wood Pellet Boilers:
Key Facts & Tips
Modern wood pellet boilers offer the warmth and comfort of wood heating while being highly
efficient, clean burning and totally automatic, saving you time and money. Pellet boilers are
automatically lit and continue to operate without manual intervention. Automatic fuel supply and
thermostat means you can relax and enjoy the comfort of pellet heating at the switch of a button.
Automatic ignition means that lighting the boiler is convenient and easy. Most modern pellet boilers
are self cleaning so daily cleaning is avoided. The ash pan needs to be emptied bi-weekly, or less
frequently, depending on models.
Benefits
Replacing your boiler with a wood pellet boiler will:
• Reduce your heating bills
• Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions
• Increase comfort levels in your home
How do I know if I need a new Boiler?
You can do a quick check on your boiler requirements by answering the questions below. If you
answer YES to all or the majority of these questions it would be beneficial for you to further
investigate installing a new high efficiency boiler
• Was my current boiler installed over 10 years ago?
• Has my heating bill been increasing in recent years?
• Is my current boiler too big for my needs? (Are there less people in my house now, do I need
less heat and hot water?)
Bulk Fuel Storage:
Biomass boiler installations require the provision of bulk storage. It shall be required to meet local
building and fire regulations. The ONORM M7137 Standard (http://onnorm.at/ecom/) shall be used
as a guideline for DIY bulk storage units. Bulk storage capacity shall be able to store a minimum of
3 tonnes of wood pellets (80% of a typical house’s requirement for one year).
Buffer Heat Store
It is a recommendation that a buffer or accumulator tank be installed as part of domestic wood
pellet boiler system installations where appropriate. A buffer or accumulator cylinder in a domestic
wood pellet heating installation is a primary heat storage/distribution cylinder, which is heated by
the boiler to a set temperature and can store the resulting hot water for long periods while the
system is idle, until heating or hot water is required. A buffer reduces the on/off cycling of wood
boilers by “smoothing” the heat output to the dwelling. The buffer capacity should be calculated in
accordance with your manufacturer’s recommendations. A rough guideline for establishing the
volume of the buffer is available from EN303-5 and from the REIA training manual and is in the
region of 55 to 65 Litres / kW of the rated boiler size.
The use of a buffer should be considered in the following situations:
• Where the boiler does not have full modulation capabilities, the use of a buffer will smooth
the heat output to the dwelling.
• In situations where the boiler is not capable of supplying the full heat demand of the house,
a buffer tank will allow the boiler to run for longer at optimum efficiency extracting maximum
potential from the boiler and fuel.
Air Supply
A boiler must have a secure air supply for safe operation (see Part J of the current Building
Regulations – go to www.environ.ie). This can be either in the form of a controlled dedicated air
supply directly to the appliance, or in the form of a permanent ventilation opening to the room in
which the appliance is located. Best practice is to rely upon dedicated ventilation and not on air
infiltration or leakage into the room. The size of the opening depends on the size of the appliance.
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Your installer should be able to size this correctly. In addition, extractor fans may interfere with the
operation of the appliance causing smoke to escape out of the appliance into the surrounding area
so please consult with your installer.
Flues
The flue is used for the exhaust of the boiler. It can be installed through a chimney or outside the
building. The flue must be installed to current Building Regulations. (Part J, check www.environ.ie).
Some things to look for would be:
• It is above the eaves line by 1metre or 600mm if coming out near the roof apex.
• It is double walled and insulated.
• It has a cowl on top to prevent downdraughts.
• It is separated from any combustible material.
Boiler sizing
If you decide to install a wood pellet boiler, please be sure to ask your supplier about the boiler size
(i.e. kW rating). An oversized boiler can be very wasteful of energy. If you have recently upgraded
your insulation or glazing for example, a like for like replacement may not be the most suitable
solution for you.
It is vital that you ask the relevant installer to ensure that the quotation provided is for an
installation which achieves an efficiency ≥ 85% as required under the SERVE Energy Grant
Scheme.
3.2
Wood Gasification Boilers:
Key Facts & Tips
A wood gasification boiler is a central heating boiler which produces its useful heat through
combustion of wood gas (from wood logs). This gas is produced by the thermal transformation of
wood fuel i.e. the wood fuel is first converted to gas then the resulting charcoal is then also
converted to gas.
A wood gasification boiler differs from a standard wood boiler by way of the combustion process. In
a standard wood boiler, direct combustion of the wood fuel takes place, whereas in a wood
gasification boiler, combustion of wood-gas takes place following thermal conversion of the wood
fuel to gas.
Wood gasification boilers offer the warmth and comfort of wood heating while being automatic,
highly efficient and clean burning, saving you time and money.
Benefits
Replacing your boiler with a wood gasification boiler will:
• Allow you to use locally sourced timber
• Reduce your heating bills
• Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions
• Increase comfort levels in your home.
Buffer Heat Store
A buffer store will be installed in conjunction with your wood gasification boiler to ensure the
efficient operation of your boiler. Buffer stores are important heat storage devices, especially for
wood gasification boilers. These boilers can only be operated efficiently when combined with a
buffer since controlled operation at part load is more difficult to achieve. This is due to the nature of
the fuel (generally wood logs). Once combustion takes place, the fuel will continue to burn
irrespective of whether the dwellings heat load is met. Consequently the buffer cylinder in a
domestic biomass heating installation is the primary heat storage / distribution device, which is
heated by the boiler to a set temperature and can store the resulting hot water for long idle periods,
until heating or hot water is required. The buffer or accumulator capacity should be calculated in
accordance with your manufacturer’s recommendations. A rough guideline for establishing the
volume of the buffer is available from EN303-5 and from the REIA training manual and is in the
region of 55 to 65 L/kW of the rated boiler size.
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Air Supply
A boiler must have a secure air supply for safe operation (see Part J of the current Building
Regulations – go to www.environ.ie ). This can be either in the form of a controlled dedicated air
supply directly to the appliance, or in the form of a permanent ventilation opening to the room in
which the appliance is located. Best practice is to rely upon dedicated ventilation and not on air
infiltration or leakage into the room. The size of the opening depends on the size of the appliance.
Your installer should be able to size this correctly. In addition, extractor fans may interfere with the
operation of the appliance causing smoke to escape out of the appliance into the surrounding area
so please consult with your installer.
Flues
The flue is used for the exhaust of the boiler. It can be installed through a chimney or outside the
building. The flue must be installed to current Building Regulations. (Part J, check www.environ.ie).
Some things to look for would be:
• It is above the eaves line by 1metre or 600mm if coming out near the roof apex.
• It is double walled and insulated.
• It has a cowl on top to prevent downdraughts.
• It is separated from any possibly combustible material.
Boiler sizing
If you decide to install a wood gasification boiler, please be sure to ask your supplier about the
boiler size (i.e. kW rating). Sizing of Gasification boilers is completed quite differently to standard
boilers and a supplier will be able to help you detail what the best size for your house is. An
oversized boiler can be very wasteful of energy. If you have recently upgraded your insulation or
glazing for example, a like for like replacement may not be the most suitable solution for you.
It is vital that you ask the relevant installer to ensure that the quotation provided is for an
installation which achieves an efficiency ≥ 85% as required under the SERVE Energy Grant
Scheme.
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SERVE Project Grants Scheme
Oil Data Authorisation Form
Oil supplier name:
Oil supplier Address :
_______________________________
_______________________________
_______________________________
_______________________________
Re: Bill Data
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I _______________________ of address ________________________________,
_________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
wish to allow the Tipperary Energy Agency, as partner in the SERVE Project Grants
Scheme to have access to my oil consumption data from June 2006 to June 2009.
This is to fulfil the monitoring and analysis requirement of the SERVE project.
Yours sincerely,
________________________________
Oil supplier name:
Oil supplier Address :
_______________________________
_______________________________
_______________________________
_______________________________
Re: Bill Data
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I _______________________ of address ________________________________,
_________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
wish to allow the Tipperary Energy Agency, as partner in the SERVE Project Grants
Scheme to have access to my oil consumption data from July 2009 to June 2012.
This is to fulfil the monitoring and analysis requirement of the SERVE project.
Yours Sincerely,
________________________________
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SERVE Project Grants Scheme
Electricity Data Authorisation Form
ESB Customer Supply,
National Customer Contact Centre,
Wilton,
Cork
Ireland
Re: Bill Data
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I _______________________ of address ________________________________,
_________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
and MPRN:___________________ wish to allow the Tipperary Energy Agency, as
partner in the SERVE Project Grants Scheme to have access to my electricity
consumption data from June 2006 to June 2009. This is to fulfil the monitoring and
analysis of the SERVE project.
Yours Sincerely,
________________________________
ESB Customer Supply,
National Customer Contact Centre,
Wilton,
Cork,
Ireland
Re: Bill Data
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I _______________________ of address ________________________________,
_________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
and MPRN:___________________ wish to allow the Tipperary Energy Agency, as
partner in the SERVE Project Grants Scheme to have access to my electricity
consumption data from July 2009 to June 2012. This is to fulfil the monitoring and
analysis of the SERVE project.
Yours Sincerely,
________________________________
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Deliverable Report
Appendix 4: Residential Letter of Offer, the Terms and Conditions, and an Acceptance
of Offer Form
SERVE
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NAME
ADDRESS 1
ADDRESS 2
ADDRESS 3Co. Tipperary
DATE
Your Reference Number is: 09 - xxx
(Please quote this number in all correspondence)
Re: SERVE Project Renewable Energy Grants Scheme
Letter of Grant Offer
Dear NAME,
Further to your application to the above scheme, I would like to confirm that you have
been approved for grant aid. The Grant Aid is as follows:
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2
Measure
Solar Flat Plates
Wood
Stoves/Inserts
Grant Level
€100 per m2
€650
Special Condition
This grant is payable on the condition that a new boiler is installed. The installation
of this boiler will result in an energy rating of a C1 and therefore eligibility for the
SERVE Renewable Energy Grants. Proof of installation will be required at grant
payment stage through the supply of invoices and receipts for the works carried out.
You are reminded that:• The Grant Offer is subject to the Terms and Conditions set out in Appendix 1.
• All works must be carried out and request for grant payment made within 3
months of the date on this letter.
Greener Home Scheme
Please ensure that you have grant approval from Sustainable Energy Ireland in place
for the Solar Flat Plates before works commence.
Contractors
A contractor from Sustainable Energy Irelands Greener Homes Scheme Registered
List must be used for the installation of the Solar Flat Plates
Request for Payment
In order to claim your Grant Request for Payment should be made to North Tipperary
County Council when works are completed. To request payment the following
documents should be submitted:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Completed “Request for Payment” Form
Original Contractor(s) Invoice(s)
Original Contractor(s) Receipt(s)
Declaration of Works Form signed by the Wood Stove Contractor
Declaration of Works Form signed by the Solar Installer
Please note the above documents will be forwarded to you once grant offer is
accepted.
If you wish to avail of the grant please return a signed “Acceptance of Offer” Form.
This will be signed by North Tipperary County Council and a copy will be returned to
you for your records. Once you have received this copy, works can commence. We
would request that you reply within 3 weeks of the date of this letter using the
stamped addressed envelope provided.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the above points or enclosed forms,
please contact Sheila Healy, Community & Enterprise Department, on 067 44671.
Yours sincerely,
Matt Shortt,
Director of Services
Planning, Community & Enterprise
Appendix 1:
Terms and Conditions
• The applicant must be the owner of the home, which must be located in the
SERVE region in respect of which the grant application is made (not
applicable to mobile homes, caravans, houseboats or other temporary
dwellings).
• The applicable house must have been built pre 2006.
• All works must be carried out and request for grant payment made within 3
months of the date on the Letter of Offer.
• The applicant must carry out all measures identified in the Letter of Offer.
• All relevant work carried out must comply with current planning requirements,
particularly those requirements pertaining to protected structures and houses
in Architectural Conservation areas.
• The applicant must obtain all necessary consents, permissions and statutory
approvals and have authority to install the measures in his/her home.
• The applicant’s agreement with North Tipperary County Council in the event
of an Acceptance of Offer being signed will comprise of the Information
Guide, the Letter of Offer and the Terms and Conditions. The applicant shall
comply with and agree to be bound by the provisions of these documents.
• Approval of the grant only becomes valid on receipt by the homeowner of the
signed copy of the Acceptance of Offer Form from North Tipperary County
Council.
• The applicant must secure approval from North Tipperary County Council
before assuming he/she will receive the grant. North Tipperary County
Council reserves the right to reject/approve applications to the SERVE Grant
Scheme.
• The applicant must ensure that no purchase of materials or works
commencement has occurred prior to the Acceptance of Offer being signed
by the applicant and North Tipperary County Council.
• A grant is only payable if all works indicated in the Acceptance of Offer Form
are completed as specified.
• The applicant must sign an Authorisation Form to allow Tipperary Energy
Agency to obtain pre upgrade and post upgrade energy usage information.
• The applicant must allow the Tipperary Energy Agency, or their authorised
agents, install energy monitoring devices in an agreed place for the purpose
of monitoring the energy consumption of the home, if selected to be a
monitored home.
• The applicant must engage a contractor on the list of Registered
Suppliers/Installers or a contractor from Sustainable Energy Ireland’s
Greener Home Scheme Registered List of Contractors where applicable.
• The timing of the payment of the grant to approved applicants is subject to
the funding allocated by the EU to the Scheme in a particular year. Where
all conditions are met, payment will be made on a “first come, first served”
basis. Where funding is exhausted in a particular year, payment to
remaining applicants will be deferred until such a time as further funds is
available. Deferred payments will receive priority, if and when those funds
become available.
• The homeowner must facilitate any reasonable request made by the local
authority requiring the contractor to return to the house in order to make
good any works deemed not to meet the standards of the SERVE Grant
Scheme
• North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary Energy Agency accepts no
liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or
otherwise, in respect of any dispute, claim or cause of action arising out of,
or in relation to, any product (or its suitability), any materials (or their
suitability), equipment (or its suitability), work, system, service, specification,
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•
•
•
•
standard, installation or the qualification or performance of the contractor in
respect of which grant approval or payment was given by North Tipperary
County Council. No undertaking, guarantee, assurance or other warranty,
express or implied, is given by North Tipperary County Council, or any of its
agents or servants, in respect of the cost, quality, efficiency and/or benefit of
any work, equipment, materials, product, service or installation provided
under the SERVE Grant Scheme.
The information provided herein and on the www.servecommunity.ie is
provided solely for the purpose of providing assistance to the home owner in
contracting suppliers/installers, and is not intended to warrant or guarantee
the quality of the product and/or the installation chosen by the grant
applicant. No undertaking, guarantee, assurance or other warranty, express
or implied, is given by North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary
Energy Agency or any of its agents or servants, in respect of the cost,
quality, efficiency and/or benefit of any work, equipment, product, service or
installation provided under the Scheme. The fact of registration on the list of
Registered Contractors for the Scheme does not infer any warranty or
endorsement of that product or contractor by North Tipperary County Council
and/or Tipperary Energy Agency.
In the event of any breach of the Terms and Conditions of the SERVE
Project Grant Scheme or the Letter of Offer or the Acceptance of Offer by the
applicant and where the applicant has received payment pursuant to the
Scheme, North Tipperary County Council shall, amongst its remedies against
the applicant, be entitled to demand the complete repayment of the grant
payment and the applicant agrees to comply with any such demand within
one month of the date of the letter from North Tipperary County Council
containing such demand.
The applicant shall follow the North Tipperary County Council complaints
procedure in relation to any disputes between the applicant and North
Tipperary County Council concerning any matter in connection with the
Scheme.
All data received from applicants by North Tipperary County Council and
Tipperary Energy Agency will be subject to Data Protection and will only be
used for the purposes of the SERVE Project. This may include sharing of
applicant information with SEI for the purposes of linkages between this
scheme and the Home Energy Savings Scheme and/or the Greener Home
Scheme administered by them.
There will be a need for dissemination activities including case studies, site
visits, media and other materials etc. Individual homeowners will be asked
for permission to use their home for these purposes.
SERVE Project Renewable Energy Grants Scheme
Acceptance of Offer
Your Reference Number is: 09 - XXX
(Please quote this number in all correspondence)
This Acceptance of Offer Form must be signed and returned within 3 weeks of the date on the
letter of the grant offer to North Tipperary County Council using the stamped addressed envelope
provided.
I, _______________________________________of the address
(Please insert name)
______________________________________________________________________________
(Please insert full address)
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
hereby accept the offer made by North Tipperary County Council in letter dated DATE of grant
aided measures as follows:
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2
•
•
•
•
Measure
Solar Flat Plates
Wood
Stoves/Inserts
Grant Level
€100 per m2
€650
One of the conditions of this grant-aid is that grant approval, indicated by the return of a
signed copy of this Acceptance of Offer Form by North Tipperary County Council, must be
in place prior to any commencement of purchase of materials or works undertaken.
I confirm that no purchase of material or commencement of works has taken place.
I understand that I must use a contractor on the SERVE Register on SERVE Register of
Suppliers/Installers for wood stoves/inserts and a contractor on Sustainable Energy
Ireland’s Greener Home Scheme for solar panels.
I also confirm that I have read and understood the Technical Guide, the Application Guide
and Form and I have read and accept the Letter of Offer and the Terms and Conditions
therein.
Signed: _______________________________________
Name: ________________________________________
(Block Capitals)
Date: _________________________________________
Signed on behalf of North Tipperary County Council by:
Signed: ___________________________________
Matt Shortt
Director of Services, Community & Enterprise
Date: _____________________________________
This Acceptance of Offer form will be signed by North Tipperary County Council and a copy
returned to you for your records. Works can then commence on energy efficiency
upgrading measures.
Deliverable Report
Appendix 5: Non Residential Information Pack
a.) Information Guide
b.) Application Form
d.) Technical Guide
e.) Bill Data Authorisation Forms
SERVE
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SERVE Project
Non Residential Grants Scheme
Information Guide
IMPORTANT NOTICE
It is the responsibility of each applicant to the SERVE Grant Scheme to ensure that they have read, and fully understood this Information Guide, the
Terms & Conditions and the Application Form before submitting a signed Application Form. Failure to fully adhere to the provisions of this Information
Guide, the Terms & Conditions and the Application Form will result in application refusal, grant revocation or payment request refusal, depending on the
particular status and stage of the grant.
No liability or responsibility whatsoever will attach to North Tipperary County
Council and/or Tipperary Energy Agency whether for breach of contract,
negligence or otherwise, in respect of any claim or cause of action arising
out of, or in relation to, any equipment, product, work, system or installation
in respect of which grant approval was given by North Tipperary County
Council under the SERVE Grant Scheme.
This Information Guide may be revised periodically. Call 067 44671 or visit
www.servecommunity.ie to ensure that you have the latest version
Version 2.0
The SERVE Project is funded by the European Commission
under its Concerto Programme
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Contents
Page Number
1.
Background to the SERVE Project
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2.
SERVE Region
3
3.
Eligibility Criteria and Grant Requirements
3
4.
SERVE Non Residential Grant Measure
4.1 Energy Efficiency Measures
4.2 Renewable Energy Measures
4
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5
5.
Application Process
6
6.
Energy Assessment
6
7.
Energy Data and Monitoring
7.1 Provision of Energy Bills
7.2 Energy Monitoring
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8.
Terms & Conditions
7
For further Information please contact:
Community & Enterprise
North Tipperary County Council
Civic Offices
Limerick Road
Nenagh
Co. Tipperary
067 44671
[email protected]
www.servecommunity.ie
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1.
Background to the SERVE Project
The European Commission, under its Concerto Programme, is aiding the creation of several Sustainable Energy Areas throughout Europe. An area of North Tipperary has been approved funding
as part of this Concerto Programme. A key part of this Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment Project (SERVE) is the upgrading of 500 existing homes and buildings from an energy
efficiency point of view. In order to make this a reality North Tipperary County Council, with its partner Tipperary Energy Agency, will deliver a Grant Scheme to residential and non residential building
owners to upgrade their properties. The technologies covered in the SERVE Grant Scheme will
focus on increasing the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, and where this has been done,
providing homes and buildings with a renewable energy heating source.
The SERVE Project aims to create a sustainable energy area in North Tipperary. The SERVE project has the following key objectives.
• Create a region in North Tipperary which is a leader in the implementation of sustainable energy actions.
• Reduce the energy consumption in 500 existing homes and buildings by improving their energy performance.
• Develop a eco-village with 132 houses in Cloughjordan which showcases energy efficient
design and a renewable energy district heating system.
• Increase the use of renewable energy technologies through supporting the installation of renewable energy heating systems and demonstrating the use of electricity from micro wind
systems.
• Utilise technical and socio-economic expertise from European Partners to monitor performance and impacts in the region and to disseminate the results widely.
2.
SERVE Region
The SERVE region is located in an area of North Tipperary that covers the following areas and their
surrounds:
Nenagh Town
Ballymackey
Cloughjordan
Ballingarry
Riverstown
Rathcabbin
Redwood
Lorrha
Terryglass
Dromineer
Borrisokane
Ardcroney
Toomevara (within the village boundaries)
Eligibility is determined by DED (District Electoral Division) and if you require further information
regarding the SERVE region or your eligibility, contact Community and Enterprise Department, North
Tipperary County Council on 067 44671 or [email protected]
3.
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Eligibility Criteria & Grant Requirements
The building must be in the SERVE Region.
The building must have been built pre 2006.
The building must be at least 100m 2 and have an annual heating spend of €1,000 (minimum).
Upgrading works identified will have to result in a 40% reduction in energy use for grant offer
to be made.
Evidence of Tax compliance (either a copy of a Tax Clearance Certificate or evidence of a C2)
of applicant is required. (Not applicable for schools).
In the case of a community/voluntary organisation legally incorporated as a company evidence of same is required. Also evidence of Charitable Status is required if applicable.
Evidence of property, public & employers (where appropriate) liability insurance is required
Evidence of Title or Lease or Interest in Building (whichever is applicable) is required.
Buildings and proposed works must have required planning permission, particularly those requirements pertaining to protected structures and houses in Architectural Conservation areas.
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In the case of schools, applications must be made to the Energy Efficiency Scheme for
Schools where applicable.
Grantees must ensure that contractors appointed to carry out upgrading works have current
tax compliance documents. At the request for payment stage, building owners will need to
submit evidence of contractor’s current tax compliance documents (Tax Clearance Certificate
or C2 details). together with original invoices, receipts/evidence of payments..
3 Quotes for planned works costing more than €5,000 will need to be submitted with the Acceptance of Offer Form
4.
SERVE Non Residential Grants Measures
4.1
Energy Efficiency Measures & Grant Levels
Attic Insulation - Installation of insulation in the roof cavity of the building. Final insulation must
have a U-Value level of 0.13 W/m2 K to be eligible for grant payment (equivalent to 300mm of Fibreglass insulation).
Wall Insulation - Pumped cavity fill insulation, internal insulation (dry lining) and external insulation.
Final insulation must have a U-Value level of 0.27 W/m2 K (or as near as practicable) . Installations
outside this will require approval by Tipperary Energy Agency in advance of works commencing.
Heating controls - The addition of thermostatic radiator valves, thermostats and motorised valves
to increase the efficiency of your heating system. The controls should be set up so that space heating and water heating can be controlled independently through time and temperature.
High Efficiency Fossil Fuel Boilers - In particular cases where the installation of a renewable energy heating system is not possible or appropriate, a high efficiency oil or gas boiler will be grant
aided. These will only be grant aided if they meet a high efficiency and are part of an overall energy
efficiency package including heating controls and upgraded insulation where appropriate.
Lighting - The replacement of inefficient lights with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and high efficiency T5 tubular fluorescents can significantly reduce the electricity
consumption within the building. Motion sensors and daylight sensors can also improve the efficiency with which the lights are utilized. The retrofitting of lights will only be grant aided when recommended in the Energy Assessment Report.
Important Notes:
Grant Measure
Standard Required
Grant Amount
Attic Insulation
U-Value level of 0.13 W/m2 K 30% of Eligible Costs
or as near as practicable
Cavity Fill Wall Insulation
U-Value level of 0.27 W/m2 K 30% of Eligible Costs
or as near as practicable
Internal Wall Insulation
U-Value level of 0.27 W/m2 K 30% of Eligible Costs
or as near as practicable
External Wall Insulation
U-Value level of 0.27 W/m2 K 30% of Eligible Costs
or as near as practicable
Heating Controls Upgrade
Space and Water heating
independently controlled
through time and temperature.
30% of Eligible Costs
High Efficiency Boiler with Heating
Controls Upgrade
• Oil Boiler must be ≥94%
30% of Eligible Costs
Efficient
• Gas Boiler must be ≥92%
Efficient
Lighting Upgrade
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Low energy lights or lighting
controls as per energy
assessment findings
30% of Eligible Costs
Important notes: Maximum Grant Levels cannot exceed €17 per m2 of building for all energy
efficiency measures combined.
Eligible costs for grant aided measures are exclusive of VAT (where applicable). In cases
where VAT is non recoverable confirmation of same from the Revenue Commissioners will
be required.
4.2 Renewable Energy Measures & Grant Levels
The following renewable energy measures are grant aided:
Solar Thermal Panels/Tubes - Used to heat water for either space or hot water heating. Both flat
plate and evacuated tube systems will be supported.
Wood Stoves/Inserts - Solid (logs not pellets) wood burning stoves/inserts to replace existing
open fires. The aim of SERVE is to move from the use of energy inefficient open fires to high efficiency wood stoves/inserts. Note the funding is focused particularly on wood stoves/inserts
and will not support multi-fuel stoves.
Wood Heating Systems - Full pellet/wood gasification boiler systems replacing the traditional boiler.
(A wood gasification boiler differs from a standard wood boiler by way of the combustion process i.e.
it produces its useful heat through combustion of wood gas from wood logs)
Wind/PV Demonstration Systems - The SERVE Project supports a small number of wind/
photovoltaic systems. These grants will be managed by Greenloan on behalf Surface Power as
partners in the project.
Please note — Renewable Heat Deployment (ReHeat) Programme: Sustainable Energy Ireland
administers a grant scheme for commercial, industrial, services, public sector buildings and ESCO
installations called the ReHeat Programme. Applicants can apply for grant aid from ReHeat Programme and SERVE Energy Grant Scheme for solar panels and wood chip/pellet heating systems.
If applying to the Sustainable Energy Ireland’s ReHeat Programme, combined funding cannot exceed 40%. The SERVE Pproject grant offer will only be made after reviewing any offer of grant aid
through the ReHeat Programme.
The Grant Levels for the SERVE Renewable Energy Grants are as follows:
Grant Measure
Grant Amount
Standard Required
Solar Flat Plates - SERVE only
€100 per m
2
European Solar Keymark
certification
Solar Evacuated Tubes SERVE only
€150 per m2
European Solar Keymark
certification
Solar Flat Plates/Tubes SERVE & ReHeat
ReHeat + SERVE grant level
- Up to a maximum of 40% of eligible costs
European Solar Keymark
certification
Wood Stoves
€650
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Must conform to one of the
following standards
- EN 13240
- Art. 15a
- NS 3038/59
- EN 13229
Wood Heating Systems
- SERVE only
€3,500
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Must conform to the following standards
- EN 303-5
Wood Chip/Pellet (does not
include wood gasification
boilers) - SERVE & ReHeat
ReHeat + SERVE grant level
- Up to a maximum of 40% of eligible costs
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Must conform to the following standards
- EN 303-5
Wind/PV Demonstration Systems
These grants are managed by Greenloan on behalf of Surface Power. For
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Application Process for Non Residential Building Owners
• An Expression of Interest is made by the building owner/applicant. This can be done online
on www.servecommunity.ie or by calling North Tipperary County Council on 067 44671.
• A SERVE Pack is sent to eligible applicants. (Eligibility is defined by the age, location, heat-
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ing spend and size of the building.) The SERVE Pack includes:
− Information Guide
− Technical Guide
− Energy Data Waivers
− Application Form
The building owner/applicant submits the Application Form and the Energy Data Waivers to
North Tipperary County Council. Evidence of building ownership status, legal status (if applicable), tax compliance and insurance etc. is also required.
Tipperary Energy Agency completes an Energy Assessment on the building at a time and
date agreed with the building owner/applicant.
Following the assessment North Tipperary County Council sends out the Energy Assessment Report to the building owner/applicant along with a Request for Grant Aid Form.
The building owner/applicant selects the measures required and returns the Form to North
Tipperary County Council. An energy saving of 40% must be achieved for grant aid to be
offered.
North Tipperary County Council sends a Grant Offer to the Applicant. The Grant Offer consists of:
− Letter of Offer
− Terms and Conditions
− Acceptance of Offer Form.
The building owner/applicant returns the Acceptance of Offer with 3 quotes for the works proposed, as applicable..
North Tipperary County Council signs the Acceptance of Offer and returns it to the building
owner with a Declaration of Works Form and a Request for Payment Form. Works can now
begin.
At contractor payment stage the applicant must ensure the contractor completes the Declaration of Works Form.
The building owner/applicant requests payment from North Tipperary County Council by
sending in the:
− Request for Payment Form,
− Declaration of Works Form,
− Original Invoice (s)
− Original Receipt (s)/Evidence of Payment (s)
− C2 details or Tax Clearance Certificate of the contractor(s)
Tipperary Energy Agency and/or North Tipperary County Council carries out inspections on
all/or a sample of the buildings.
If all documentation and inspections are in order, North Tipperary County Council pays the
building owner/applicant.
All works must be carried out and request for grant payment made within the specified time
indicated in the Letter of Offer.
Energy Assessment
The SERVE Grant Scheme will be providing grant support to eligible applicants for energy efficiency
and renewable energy measures needed within their buildings. The measures required will be determined by Tipperary Energy Agency, as technical partner in the project, following an Energy Assessment of the building. There are two types of assessment available.
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Standard Energy Assessment. Tipperary Energy Agency will carry out a short energy
audit of the premises and recommend measures for grant aid. This would be appropriate
for a small business or a business that already has an understanding of upgrading measures required. This audit will take approximately 2 hours on site and will cost €250 +
VAT. This should be paid directly to Tipperary Energy Agency. 35% of this amount will
be refunded after upgrades have been completed to the required standard.
b.
Tipperary Energy Agency can arrange an In-Depth Energy Assessment for the building. This type of assessment provides an in-depth analysis of the heating and lighting
energy needs. It will assess the fabric of the building, heating system, heating controls,
lighting and lighting controls. It will also assess the billing information for savings. The
assessment will take approximately 3 hours on site, with significant analysis completed
on all aspects of the site visit afterwards. It will cost €1,000 + VAT. This should be paid
directly to Tipperary Energy Agency. 35% of this amount will be refunded after upgrades
have been completed to the required standard.
Tipperary Energy Agency can discuss both options with the applicant in advance in order to decide
on the best option.
7.
Energy Data & Monitoring
7.1 Provision of Energy Bills
One of the requirements of the SERVE Project is to reduce the energy used and the CO2 emissions in the region. This energy load for the region will be quantified by analysing energy data from
before and after the works have been completed. The Tipperary Energy Agency requires at least
two years of pre-upgrade energy data and two years of post-upgrade energy data. The building
owner will be requested to sign a Pre and Post Authorisation Form for the Tipperary Energy Agency
to request the data directly from the building owner’s energy supplier.
Failure to supply bill information or to sign the waiver will result in ineligibility for the grant scheme.
7.2 Energy Monitoring
Under the SERVE Project Energy Grant Schemes, it is required to physically monitor the energy
consumption in a number of the buildings upgraded. The buildings selected for monitoring will be at
the discretion of the auditors. Monitoring of houses will require a certain amount of equipment installed in the house for a period of 2 years. The following (some or all) will be required for monitoring:
• Oil consumption via a flow meter into a boiler
• Interior temperature(s) via a wireless sensor located in the house
• Electricity consumption via a wireless sensor in the meter box
• Domestic hot water consumption
• Hot water production from installed solar panels
• Hot water production from installed wood stoves or boilers
Installations will be unobtrusive as possible. All sensors will be wireless and there will be no permanent fixings. In the case of the oil meter and hot water flow meter, the meter will have to be installed in the pipe.
8. Terms and Conditions
• The building, in respect of which the grant application is made, must be located in the
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The building must have been built pre 2006 and have necessary permissions and/or statutory approvals.
All works must be carried out and request for grant payment made within the specified time
indicated on the Letter of Offer.
All relevant works carried out must comply with current planning requirements, particularly
those requirements pertaining to protected structures and houses in Architectural Conservation areas.
The applicant must have/obtain all necessary consents, permissions and statutory approvals, and have/obtain authority to install the measures in the building
The applicant’s agreement with North Tipperary County Council in the event of an Acceptance of Offer being signed will comprise of the Information Guide, the Letter of Offer and the
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Terms and Conditions. The applicant shall comply with and agree to be bound by the provisions of these documents.
Approval of the grant only becomes valid on receipt by the applicant of the signed copy of
the Acceptance of Offer Form from North Tipperary County Council.
The applicant must secure approval from North Tipperary County Council before assuming
he/she will receive the grant. North Tipperary County Council reserves the right to reject/
approve applications to the SERVE Grant Scheme.
The applicant must ensure that no purchase of materials or works commencement has occurred prior to the Acceptance of Offer being signed by the applicant and North Tipperary
County Council.
A grant is only payable if all works indicated in the Acceptance of Offer Form are completed
as specified.
The applicant must sign an Authorisation Form to allow Tipperary Energy Agency to obtain
pre upgrade and post upgrade energy usage information.
The applicant must allow Tipperary Energy Agency, or their authorised agents, install energy
monitoring devices in an agreed place for the purpose of monitoring the energy consumption
of the building if the building is selected for monitoring.
The timing of the payment of the grant to approved applicants is subject to the funding allocated by the EU to the Scheme in a particular year. Where all conditions are met, payment
will be made on a “first come, first served” basis. Where funding is exhausted in a particular
year, payment to remaining applicants will be deferred until such a time as further funds is
available. Deferred payments will receive priority, if and when those funds become available.
The building owner/applicant must facilitate any reasonable request made by the local authority requiring the contractor to return to the house in order to make good any works
deemed not to meet the standards of the SERVE Grant Scheme
North Tipperary County Council and/or Tipperary Energy Agency accepts no liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any dispute, claim or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to, any product (or its suitability),
any materials (or their suitability), equipment (or its suitability), work, system, service, specification, standard, installation or the qualification or performance of the contractor in respect of
which grant approval or payment was given by North Tipperary County Council. No undertaking, guarantee, assurance or other warranty, express or implied, is given by North Tipperary County Council, or any of its agents or servants, in respect of the cost, quality, efficiency
and/or benefit of any work, equipment, materials, product, service or installation provided
under the SERVE Project Grant Scheme.
In the event of any breach of the Terms and Conditions of the SERVE Project Grant Scheme
or the Letter of Offer or the Acceptance of Offer by the applicant and where the applicant has
received payment pursuant to the Scheme, North Tipperary County Council shall, amongst
its remedies against the applicant, be entitled to demand the complete repayment of the
grant payment and the applicant agrees to comply with any such demand within one month
of the date of the letter from North Tipperary County Council containing such demand.
North Tipperary County Council may at any time from the date of acceptance of offer of grant
revoke, cancel, recover or abate the grant should there be a material change to proposal for
works grant-aided, or should applicant’s operation cease for whatever reason.
The applicant shall follow the North Tipperary County Council complaints procedure in relation to any disputes between the applicant and North Tipperary County Council concerning
any matter in connection with the Scheme.
All data received from applicants by North Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Energy
Agency will be subject to Data Protection and will only be used for the purposes of the
SERVE Project.
There will be a need for dissemination activities including case studies, site visits, media and
other materials etc. Individual homeowners will be asked for permission to use their home
for these purposes.
Application Form
Non Residential Buildings
1.
Applicant Details
Name of Applicant ______________________________________________________________
Address_______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Contact Person _________________________________________________________________
Contact’s Address_______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Landline No. _______________________
Mobile No. ________________________________
E-mail Address________________________________________________________________
Type of body making the application: (please tick one)
Voluntary Organisation with Constitution
Private Sector Business
Community Based Group/Co-Op/Company
Public Body
Other
Please specify___________________________________________________
Legal Status___________________________________________________________________
Please find attached:
A Copy of Tax Clearance Certificate/C2 Details
Yes
No
Evidence of Charitable Status
Yes
No
Is applicant registered for VAT?
Yes
No
and/or
If yes, please state VAT No. ______________________________________________________
For Registered Companies Only:
Type of Company___________________________________________________________
Company Registration No. ___________________________________________________
List the names of the Directors
Name:______________________________
Name:___________________________
Name:______________________________
Name:___________________________
Name:______________________________
Name:___________________________
Name:______________________________
Name:___________________________
For Community & Voluntary Groups Only:
Name of Chairperson_________________________________________________________
Name of Secretary___________________________________________________________
When was your group established_______________________________________________
Number of members in your group_______________________________________________
Describe the main objectives/activities of your group_________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
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Details of Property to be Upgraded
Address_________________________________________________________________________
(if different from the applicant address)
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
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In what year was the building built?
____________________(only pre 2006 buildings are eligible)
Is the building a listed building?
Yes
No
What in the size of the building (sq m/sq foot)?__________________________________________
What is the average heating spend per annum?________________________________________
Does the existing building have planning permission?
Yes
No
Is the applicant the owner of the property to be upgraded?
Yes
No
If no, what is the current ownership status?_____________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
Evidence of this Ownership Status attached
(e.g. evidence of Title/Lease/Interest in building):
Yes
No
Evidence of Insurance attached
Yes
No
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Application Declaration
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I confirm that the building is in the SERVE region.
I understand that if the building is eligible, an energy assessment will have to be undertaken
and that the grant offer is based on this energy assessment.
I understand that an energy saving of 40% must be achieved for grant aid to be offered.
I understand that the measures undertaken need to be completed to the required standard to
be eligible for grant payment.
If my building is selected, I agree to participate in a monitoring programme.
I understand that to avail of the grant-aid I need to provide pre and post upgrade energy data,
and, if the building is selected for monitoring, to allow monitoring equipment to be installed
I understand that grant-aid will not be paid for purchases made or works commenced before
the signed Acceptance of Offer has been returned to me by North Tipperary County Council.
I understand that if I accept the grant offer, all works must be carried out and request for payment made by a specified date in 2009 determined by North Tipperary County Council.
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Signature
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Date
Please return completed application form to:
SERVE Grant Scheme
Community & Enterprise Department
North Tipperary County Council
Civic Offices
Limerick Road
Nenagh
Co Tipperary
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For further information:
Telephone: 067 44671
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web:
www.servecommunity.ie
The SERVE Project is funded by the European Commission
under its Concerto Programme
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Appendix 6: Non Residential Request for Grant Aid and Grant Offer
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Non Residential Energy Grant Scheme
SERVE Project
Request for Grant Aid
Please tick the measures for which you wish to apply:
Energy Efficiency Grant Measures:
Measure
1 Attic Insulation
Expected %
Reduction in
Energy
20%
2 Cavity Fill Wall
Insulation
3 Heating Controls
10%
4 Condensing Boiler
10%
5 LEDs to replace
spotlights
6 CFLs and T8s,
motion sensors
1.5%
36%
1.5%
Standard Required
Grant Level
• U-value of 0.13w/m2/k or
as near as practicable
• U-value of 0.27w/m2/k or
as near as practicable
• Controls to allow for
independent programming
of water and space
heating through time and
temperature
• Oil Boiler must be ≥94%
Efficient
• Gas Boiler must be ≥92%
Efficient
• 100% Spotlights replaced
with LEDs
• 100% Tungsten Halogens
replace with CFLs
• Motion Sensors in
Changing Rooms
30% of
Eligible Costs
30% of
Eligible Costs
30% of
Eligible Costs
Please
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30% of
Eligible Costs
30% of
Eligible Costs
30% of
Eligible Costs
Please note: Maximum grant level is €17/m2 floor area. This means that the
maximum grant level for your total selected energy efficiency measures is 30%
of eligible costs up to a maximum of €xxxx
Renewable Energy Grant Measures:
Measure
7a Solar Flat Plates –
or SERVE Only
7b
Solar Evacuated
or Tubes– SERVE
7c Only
Solar Panel –
SERVE & ReHeat
Expected
%
Reduction
in Energy
47%
47%
47%
Standard Required
Grant Level
• Capable of Supplying
40% of Annual Hot
Water
• Capable of Supplying
40% of Annual Hot
Water
• Capable of Supplying
40% of Annual Hot
Water
• Compliant with SEI
ReHeat requirements
€100 per m2 for
Solar Flat Plates
€150 per m2 for
Evacuated Tubes
ReHeat + SERVE
grant level up to a
maximum of 40%
of eligible costs
You are reminded that:
• The building must reduce its energy consumption by 40% to avail of Grant
Aid. Therefore you must apply for a measure or a combination of measures
that reaches or exceeds this requirement.
• Where VAT is recoverable, it is not an eligible cost.
Please
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Deliverable Report
Appendix 3: SERVE D3.3Report on planned installations to be installed in
Phase 2 of RE Retrofitting
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Project Acronym: SERVE
REF
EC:
(Project
Number)
TREN07/FP6EN/S.07.71106/038382
REF (project coordinator org.):
DOCUMENT:
REF.:
Project Coordinator: Seamus Hoyne
Project coordination org.: Tipperary
Rural and Business Development Institute
Date: 8th December 2009
Revision: Final
Deliverable Report
Deliverable No.: 3.3
Work Package No: 3
CONCERTO INITIATIVE
SERVE
Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village
Environment
Report Title:
Report on plans for in Phase 3 of RES Retrofitting
Date: 8th December 2009
Author: North Tipperary County Council
Version: 2.0
CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................................... 2
1
PLANS FOR PHASE 3 .................................................................................................................................. 3
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CURRENT STATUS AND TARGETS ........................................................................................................... 3
2.1
PROPOSED CHANGES .............................................................................................................................. 3
2.2
INCREASING PERIOD FOR IMPLEMENTATION FROM MONTH 36 TO MONTH 48................................................ 3
2.3
REMOVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT ......................................................................................... 3
2.4
REDUCTION OF TARGET FOR INDIVIDUAL BOILERS AND INCLUSION OF LARGE SCALE BIOMASS PROJECTS..... 4
2.5
MICRO GENERATION ................................................................................................................................ 4
2.6
REVISED TARGETS ................................................................................................................................... 5
2.7
JUSTIFICATION OF CHANGES .................................................................................................................... 5
2.8
ENGAGEMENT WITH NATIONAL SCHEMES .................................................................................................. 5
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CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................................... 5
TABLE OF TABLES
Table 2-1: Current Status WP3................................................................................................................................3
Table 2-2: Revised targets WP3..............................................................................................................................5
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1 Plans for Phase 3
This report outlines the plans and options which the WP3 teams are assessing with regard to the implementation of Phase 3 of the RES retrofitting actions. This review is being carried out in the context of
• Review of progress on targets and potential to achieve these in the relevant timeframe
• Analysis of works completed in Phase 1 and 2
• Engagement with National Programmes such as the SEI HES Scheme and other emerging schemes
The WP team and the Technical Coordinator will finalise the most appropriate option following consultation with
the EU Commission.
2 Current Status and Targets
Work Package 3
Target KW
KW to date
Committed KW
Possible KW
Required KW
Wood Stoves
2600
37.7
36.1
13.5
2512.7
Wood Boiler
900
0
0
Solar
Wind/PV
2
0
2
2
Target m
m to date
Committed m
400
Target kW
10
32.5
KW to date
16
Committed KW
900
2
Possible m
Required m2
12
Possible KW
339.5
Required KW
Table 2-1: Current Status WP3
2.1
Proposed Changes
The following issues are being considered
1. Increasing the period for implement from Month 36 to Month 48 to make up for the delays in implementing the WP
2. Removing the energy efficiency requirement for people to apply for RES Retrofitting Grants to maximise the market available for the installations
3. Re-allocation of capacity from wood stoves and individual boilers to a number of larger scale projects
biomass heating projects
4. Micro Generation targets being increased and change contract to allow more suppliers provide products
5. Complete scoping study of potential for inclusion of Anaerobic Digestion project within the SERVE project
2.2
Increasing period for implementation from Month 36 to Month 48
This will allow the SERVE team to make up for the delays experienced at the start of WP3 and also allow new
projects seeking to engage in the project to be completed. All RES projects which are implemented will have
monitoring put in place upon implementation to ensure the maximum quantity of data is gathered for analysis in
WP5.
2.3
Removing energy efficiency requirement
The requirement for buildings, in particular dwellings, to have implemented energy efficiency measures prior to
being considered for support for RES actions was proposed at the start of the project and deemed appropriate
at the time. However, the delays in implementing the WP1 actions on energy efficiency have reduced the timescale for implementing WP3 actions and therefore the potential number of applicants for WP 3 grants is reduced.
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Removing the energy efficiency requirement prior to implementing RES and allowing all houses/buildings in the
SERVE region to apply for a SERVE RES grant will increase the market for the supports considerably and allow
for a more dedicated promotional campaign on renewables to be rolled out.
2.4
Reduction of target for Individual Boilers and inclusion of Large Scale Biomass
Projects
The WP team have been engaging with a number of larger scale projects in the field of biomass heating.
These two projects, with combined capacity of approximately 1,100kW installed are currently under-going detailed feasibility analysis and implementation would be completed by Month 48. These two projects include
• Large scale biomass heating system for hotel and swimming pool: An initial feasibility study has been
completed and a meeting to progress the potential installation is to be held on the 9th of December. Initial estimated capacity is 500kW
• Large scale biomass heating system for agricultural college: An initial feasibility study is being completed (deadline 8th December). Initial estimated capacity is 500-750kW
These significant projects would allow the SERVE project to achieve significant installations of RES in the region in a shorter timeframe while also allowing it to provide supports to the residential sector. To maintain
budgets and allow engagement of the above projects the SERVE project is proposing to reduce the targeted
installations for individual stoves and biomass boilers in residential and non-residential systems.
A large anaerobic digestion (AD) plant is due to be constructed in the SERVE region. This plant would process
organic waste and agricultural slurries. Initial estimates are for a 750kWe CHP plant to be on site. Initial discussions have been held with the project developers. Inclusion of this project would have considerable impact
on project budgets and require a revision of targets across all aspects of WP3. SERVE is proposing that it
would engage with the AD project developers from January to June 2010 to complete a detailed scoping study
of the potential for inclusion of the development within the SERVE project. This will allow the SERVE project to
mitigate against any risks associated with the plant being successfully completed e.g. licenses, permissions,
finance being secured etc. This scoping study would be completed by the TEA. AD was originally excluded
from the scope of work under SERVE given the restrictive regulatory and support conditions in Ireland. These
have now changed significantly and the potential for AD developed is more positive.
2.5
Micro Generation
The implementation of micro-generation projects in the region has been extremely slow. This has been due to
the significant changes which have happened in Ireland in relation to policy supports and measures for microgeneration. In 2008 there was limited interest in implementing measures as discussions were on-going with
regard to new Irish policy and in 2009 the market has been driven by a specific National pilot scheme.
The number of suppliers of technologies in the Irish market has changed significantly since 2007 and the regulatory framework is now more supportive for the installation of micro-generation systems. The SERVE project is
currently somewhat restricted due to the fact that the contract is designed to only have 1 supplier (Surface
Power) providing installations.
The WP partners are considering increasing the potential targets in the field of micro-generation. To do this
with the current contractual arrangement would place Surface Power in a position where it has considerable
market advantage over other suppliers and also restrict competition for potential applicants.
SERVE is considering the following adjustments to contract
• Include additional Micro Generation Supports under WP3, via NTCC and TEA, for other potential projects (estimated additional capacity 10kW).
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Revised Targets
Item
Unit
Wood Stoves Ind
Wood Boilers Ind
Solar Thermal Ind
Wind/PV
Large Biomass Heating
kW
kW
m2
kW
kW
Current
Target
2,600.00
900.00
400.00
10.00
Change
(%)
-50%
-60%
0%
100%
Revised Target
1,300.00
360.00
400.00
20.00
1,100.00
Table 2-2: Revised targets WP3
The AD Plant will require further discussion with the EU Commission with regard to its inclusion as it is a significant change to the contract. All of the other changes are seen from the perspective of the SERVE partners as
being within the general scope of the project. If the AD project were to be included it would require further review of the project targets and budgets to allow funding to be provided to it.
2.7
Justification of Changes
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Implementation of WP 3 was delayed due to it being dependent on the successful implementation of
WP1 on eco-buildings. As WP1 was delayed significantly this also delayed WP3 and hence it was not
put in place until June 2009 (18 months delay).
WP3 could not be implemented until WP1 was in place as the current outline of SERVE required energy efficiency measures to be implemented prior to support being provided for RES retrofitting.
SERVE had to engage with the Sustainable Energy Ireland with regard to relevant National Schemes to
avoid duplication of funding.
A number of large scale projects have been identified or have approached the SERVE project seeking
to become involved. These projects present significant opportunities to implement major RES installations within the region.
The area of micro-generation has changed significantly in the past 24 months with new regulatory and
policy frameworks being put in place. This has caused some market confusion and resulted in delays
in implementation. Also, new suppliers have emerged in the market and have expressed an interest in
engaging in the project.
Engagement with National Schemes
Phase 3 is due to be launched in January 2010 (Month 27 of the SERVE project). Phase 2 will be finalised by
Month 26 (December 2009) with a focus on inspections, grant payments and the closing of Phase 2. During
months 25 and 26 the plans for Phase 3 will be drafted, discussed with the EU commission and finalised.
The timing of the launch of Phase 3, which includes the RES and energy efficiency grants, will be determined
after the national budget in month 26.
3 Conclusion
The following changes to WP3 are being proposed and will be reviewed and agreed with the EU Commission
• Increase period of demonstration works from Month 36 to Month 48 for WP3.
• Reduce target for individual stoves from 2,600 to 1,300kW
• Reduce target for individual boilers from 900 to 360kW
• Include new target for non-residential biomass heating systems of 1100kW
• Increase micro-generation from 10kW to 20kW. 50% for Surface Power and 50% NTCC/TEA
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Include specific target for micro-generation at eco-village of 50kW
Scoping study to evaluate inclusion of 750kWe AD plant in project
All of the above changes will have no change on the overall budget for the project nor on the energy targets in
terms of energy savings and RES production. Re-allocation of resources to emerging aspects within the region
is deemed by the SERVE partners to be the most appropriate response to supporting the development of sustainable energy in the region and meeting the SERVE targets. The current economic climate presents challenges for all aspects of the SERVE project but the partners remain committed to implementing the project and
applying relevant resources to achieve the targets.
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Project Acronym: SERVE
REF
EC:
(Project
Number)
TREN07/FP6EN/S.07.71106/038382
REF (project coordinator org.):
Project Coordinator: Seamus Hoyne
Project coordination org.: Tipperary
Rural and Business Development Institute
Date: 8th December 2009
Revision: Draft 1.0
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Deliverable No.: 3.2
Work Package No: 3
CONCERTO INITIATIVE
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Environment
Report Title:
Wood Burning Stoves Specification
Date: 8th December 2009
Author: Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency
Version: 3.0
CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission
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Table of contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................................... 2
1
INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................................ 3
2
SECONDARY SYSTEMS IN IRELAND ........................................................................................................ 3
2.1
OPEN FIRE & REPLACEMENTS, GENERALLY IN SITTING/LIVING ROOMS.......................................................... 3
2.2
WATER AND CENTRAL HEATING RANGES. ................................................................................................. 4
3
STOVE QUALITY .......................................................................................................................................... 4
4
DEFINITION OF A WOOD STOVE: .............................................................................................................. 4
4.1
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WOOD AND COAL FIRED STOVES ........................................................................... 5
4.1.1 Grate ................................................................................................................................................. 5
4.1.2 Air supply........................................................................................................................................... 5
4.1.3 Combustion chamber materials ........................................................................................................ 7
4.1.4 Combustion Chamber shape ............................................................................................................ 7
4.2
TYPES OF STOVE ..................................................................................................................................... 7
4.2.1 Wood burning only ............................................................................................................................ 7
4.2.2 Wood and multifuel Stove ................................................................................................................. 7
4.2.3 Multifuel Stoves................................................................................................................................. 8
4.3
SERVE CRITERIA .................................................................................................................................... 8
5
SOURCES OF COLLATED INFORMATION ................................................................................................ 9
6
CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................................... 9
TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 2-1: Analysis from SERVE Phase 1 DEAP’s: heating system based on recorded default efficiencies. ......3
Figure 4-1: HWAM wood burning grate (will be fully close-able) Charnwood Coal/ turf riddling grate................5
Figure 4-2: Wood Burning stove, Air Supply. ..........................................................................................................6
Figure 4-3: Coal burning stove, Air Supply..............................................................................................................6
Figure 4-4: Traditional Wood burning Stove............................................................................................................7
Figure 4-5: Traditional Coal burning stove ..............................................................................................................7
TABLE OF TABLES
Table 3-1: General overview of wood stove types...................................................................................................4
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1 Introduction
One of the aims of the SERVE project is to stimulate a switch from fossil fuels to renewable fuels. To this end
the SERVE project is supporting high quality wood burning stoves to replace secondary heating systems in the
SERVE region. The aim is to install 2600kW of wood burning stoves or approximately 400 stoves. When establishing the criteria for supporting these stoves it became apparent that there was no clear definition of wood
burning stove in use in Ireland. After much research, a definition and functionality has been established for the
purposes of stimulating the fuel switch from fossil fuels such as coal and peat to renewable sources, such as
wood and wood products.
2 Secondary systems in Ireland
Secondary systems in Ireland are defined, as per the EPBD, as systems supplying heat to a single room, or
room heater. While there are various ways to determine the exact definition of a secondary heating system, in
this analysis it will be assumed to be a single room heater supplying 10% of annual space heating requirements.
Secondary Heating types in SERVE region
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%
Open Fire
Stove (w/o
boiler)
Stove with
Boiler
oil range
Open fire/
Back boiler
Gas fire
Electric
Figure 2-1: Analysis from SERVE Phase 1 DEAP’s: heating system based on recorded default efficiencies.
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Open fires: open room heater with open chimney.
Stove (with or without boiler) is an enclosed room heater fired by oil or solid fuel.
Oil Range is a combined cooking and heating system, vernacular to Irish country dwellings.
Gas fire: Various types of bottled LPG Gas fuelled room heaters in place of open fires
Electric: Electric fuel effect fires replacing open fires.
From the above data, and from surveyed data, it can be seen that the vast majority of secondary space heating
systems derive from two original installations, the open fire and the central/ water heating range.
2.1
Open fire & replacements, generally in sitting/living rooms.
Open fires account for 55% of all defined secondary heating systems. Some of these have been upgraded to
high efficiency stoves; others have been replaced with convieniant / decorative gas or electric room heaters.
The SERVE project would aim to replace the open fires with high efficiency wood burning stoves.
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2.2
Water and Central Heating Ranges.
There were a large number of traditional Irish houses heated with a solid fuel range. A range or often called a
range cooker is an appliance that has a combustion chamber, two ovens and a water heating heat exchanger
that can be used for domestic hot water and space heating. Traditionally these would have been used for 14
hours per day and in some cases never switched off.
In recent years some of these systems have been converted to kerosene with installation of an oil burning paper wick type system. In one house, when a homeowner was asked, at what point [in the day] it is lit, the answer given was “September”. The range was running for 8 months of the year on a continuous basis. The default thermal efficiency of this appliance is 60% and is represented in the third bar of the graph above.
SERVE aims to eliminate these systems from providing space heating altogether, by replacing with a radiator
supplied by the main heating system or by installation of a high efficiency wood burning stove.
3 Stove Quality
Based on surveys of the stove suppliers in the SERVE region, and surrounding regions, it became clear that
there were two main classes of stoves supplied. While the table below is a generalisation, there are good cheap
stoves, and poor expensive stoves, it is a general observation of the marketplace.
Certification
Suppliers
Origin
Cost
Construction
Fuel
Branding
Higher Quality
EN 13240/ 13229
Specialist stove and fireplace merchants
European and US
€700 - €2500
Cast Iron, heavy plate steel
Wood or Multifuel
Long established brands
Lower Quality
None present
General hardware
Far East
€300- €1200
Light, welded steel.
Non-descript or multifuel
Shop own brand, or new brands.
Table 3-1: General overview of wood stove types
The SERVE project specifically aims to promote high quality wood burning stoves, and as such, only stoves that
meet the rigorous testing standards applied under the EN13240/13229 where applicable. There is also a provision to accept stoves tested under the Norwegian and Austrian testing standards also, but as yet, none have
been requested.
4 Definition of a wood stove:
The definition of a wood burning stove is not currently recognised nationally in any standard, nor is it specifically
defined in any European standard. In order to meet the criteria of wood burning stove for the SERVE project, it
became necessary to define this on a local scale, working with local suppliers and installers. Under this research it became apparent that there are three “types” or “classes” of stove in the Irish market. Note that these
are only stoves that have been certified under the EN13240/13229 standards.
There are four distinct differences between a stove designed and optimised for wood versus designed for coal.
For other fossil fuels, such as peat, there are similarities to both, but usually more towards the coal fired stoves.
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4.1
Differences between wood and coal fired stoves
4.1.1 Grate
The grate of a wood burning stove is designed to be flat to allow the timber rest in its own ashes while burning.
As timber is a low ash fuel, this does not restrict the air reaching the fuel. A coal or turf stove is designed to
have a raised grate to allow air circulate below and through the fuel from below, while at the same time, allowing the ash to fall free from the fuel combustion surfaces. Often these are more vertical in nature or with sloping
sides. They generally will also have the facility to riddle (encourage ash to fall) the embers. Both methods use a
small amount of air injected to keep glass clean.
Figure 4-1: HWAM wood burning grate (will be fully close-able)
Charnwood Coal/ turf riddling grate
4.1.2 Air supply
The air supply to optimise burning wood should mix with the wood gasses, while hot and ignite there. In wood
gasification boilers, where the primary air is insufficient for complete combustion and the secondary air is added
this in a separate chamber to get the highest efficiency out of the system. In a log stove this is generally done
by way of having no or very low amount of air supplied from below, and the remainder supplied from above, and
generally preheated prior to mixing with the wood gases.
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Figure 4-2: Wood Burning stove, Preheated secondary air (3) enters from top of combustion chamber.
Primary Air (2) is used predominantly to light, or in
case of higher moisture content timber.
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Figure 4-3: Coal burning stove, Primary air enters
from bottom (1), secondary air (3) is preheated
against the combustion chamber and again enters
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4.1.3 Combustion chamber materials
Stoves built for burning timber will need to be able to regularly survive temperatures in the 300-400 °C range.
They will be able to withstand higher temperatures, but generally not for long life. Coal burning stoves will see
temperatures in the high hundreds of degree’s (700°C - 900°C) and will often almost glow red hot, although this
is not recommended. To this end, stoves built for burning timber will be of thinner material construction in order
to radiate out the heat, where coal burning stoves will be of heavier grade materials.
4.1.4 Combustion Chamber shape
Timber combustion favours the open flat chamber to support the lower energy density & intensity fuel. The combustion chamber for coal stoves is generally vertical in nature, such that the coal burns at a slow rate for a
longer unloading time. It is also significantly higher density and harder to burn so that the fuel at the lower end,
adjacent to the air supply burns first and heats the above coal prior to ignition.
Figure 4-4: Traditional Wood burning Stove
4.2
Figure 4-5: Traditional Coal burning stove
Types of Stove
4.2.1 Wood burning only
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Tested on only wood fuel for the purposes of the EN13240/ EN13229.
Manufacturer’s documentation details that the appliance is suitable for wood or wood derived fuels only.
Generally from Scandinavian, Austrian, forested parts of the US and Canada.
Primary air control generally recommended to be used for appliance lighting
Secondary air usually injected from above.
Usually without a grate, such that the timber can burn in its own ashes.
These stoves have a low Irish market penetration, due to the reluctance of the Irish consumer to purchase a non peat burning appliance.
4.2.2 Wood and multifuel Stove
These stoves, very similar to above, are sold as wood burning stoves in many European countries. They are
almost identical in every way. In order to ensure penetration into the Irish and British consumer with their traditional peat and coal fuels respectively, the manufacturers have been adapting or modifying their stoves to burn
other fuels. Some have marketing information about their stoves as being multifuel, but closer examination of
their technical specifications, they recommend only burning wood, or occasionally other fuels, while never allowing coal to be burnt.
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Tested on wood fuel & multifuel briquettes for the purposes of the EN13240/ EN13229.
Manufacturer’s documentation details that the appliance is suitable for wood or non coal fuels.
Generally from Scandinavian, Austrian, forested parts of the US and Canada.
Primary air control generally recommended to be used for appliance lighting, and when burning non
wood fuels.
Secondary air usually injected from above.
Generally these are supplied with an “aftermarket” grate or riddling system to allow for increased airflow
around fuels.
They may be supplied with a reducer in the combustion chamber to protect the stove from the more intense fuels.
These stoves would make up a very large portion of the stoves on the Irish market.
A further methodology to ensure wood burning only was examined as part of this research. There is the possibility of the installer physically modifying the stove to ensure that the aftermarket grate would not be possible to
install, or by decreasing or eliminating the primary air supply such that burning coal or peat would be difficult.
The air- supply method however, will decrease the ignition stage performance and will therefore affect perception in the marketplace and is therefore not recommended. The grate prevention modification is less intrusive
than the air supply method, and could be an option, but was deemed to be not feasible on the scale of the
SERVE project, and would be only applicable to some models. If the manufacturers, faced with an unfavourable
market condition of not being able to supply to the Irish market, or a perceived negative attribute/ restriction of
some kind, were to try to solve this problem, it would be a relatively simple process.
4.2.3 Multifuel Stoves
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4.3
Tested on solid multifuel for the purposes of certification
Generally these stoves are designed with both primary and secondary air to be supplied from below.
From traditional coal burning areas of the US and UK.
Advertised as a coal and peat burning multifuel appliance
Brands such as Waterford, Mulberry, Wenlock, Stratford etc.
SERVE criteria
In order to ensure, insofar as possible, that only wood burning stoves would be supplied and utilised, while at
the same time ensuring that the large number of traditionally wood burning stoves available on the Irish market
would allow homeowners plenty of choice, the following criteria were put in place:
1. Stoves with an EN test cert, tested on wood only automatically qualify for the SERVE grant scheme.
2. Stoves tested with both wood and multifuel will need to be sold in two variants, one wood, and one multifuel. The installer will have to provide detail of how this variant distinguishes itself from the multifuel
variant prior to getting onto the register of stoves available (e.g. sold without multifuel grate). In addition
to this, the installer will have to sign the declaration of works to detail that the stove is installed as the
wood burning variant.
3. Stoves that are only multifuel, or have no variant between wood and multifuel will not be eligible for the
SERVE support.
All stoves must be supplied with a testing certificate or declaration of conformity stating the following minimum
pieces of information:
1. Testing organisation
2. Certified thermal efficiency
3. Certified output
4. Fuel tested.
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5 Sources of collated information
HETAS, the official UK body to approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services have published an extensive guide. Part 1 of this guide provides a collation of all of the UK registered stoves on the market, and by proxy, a large percentage of the stoves on the Irish market. Appendix 1 provides an extract from
the HETAS Official Guide on Solid Fuel Appliances. The full document is available at
http://www.hetas.co.uk/public/hetas_guide.html.
Manufacturer’s websites often have the published testing certificates. A sample Certificate in provided in Appendix 2.
Direct contact with the manufacturers and testing organisations has yielded test certificates also.
6 Conclusion
The stoves installed under the SERVE project will be all designed as wood burning stoves. A large percentage
of these will burn wood only. Some homeowners will burn other fuels, but will do so knowing that they are reducing their appliances lifespan and potentially invalidating their guarantee, therefore they will know burning
other fuels is wrong, and this will aid discouraging them from doing this.
On a national basis, for the purposes of the building energy rating certification of CO2 emissions, it should be
possible to collate the HETAS data to detail which appliances are wood burning only (4.2.1).
The collation of appliance data pertaining to wood and multifuel stoves could be completed similar the SERVE
methodology, with the manufacturer declaring what makes the variant wood burning, and the BER assessor,
armed with this knowledge, making a judgement based on the appliance and the fuel available.
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Appendix 1: Extract from HETAS Guide
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PART 1
APPLIANCES BURNING SOLID
MINERAL FUELS AND WOOD
A. INTRODUCTION
The wide range of appliances listed in this section are designed to burn either solid mineral and/or wood based fuels.
Principally, the solid mineral based fuels consist of manufactured smokeless fuels which have been “authorised” for use in smoke control
areas and which have been subjected to Approval testing themselves. The tests applied show these fuels to be suitable for either open or
closed appliances or in some cases for both types of appliance. In selecting a suitable fuel for your appliance reference should be made to the
headings of the appliance sections and the notes which accompany the individual appliance listings and Part 2 of this `Guide'. Additionally,
naturally occurring smokeless fuels such as anthracite may also be burned in smoke control areas. These fuels are listed against those
appliances for which they are suitable.
Where the various grades of House Coal, wood logs and other wood products are listed against appliances, in general, they must not be
burned in smoke control areas. However, a number of appliances are especially designed to burn specific grades of bituminous coal, wood
logs and other wood products with a high degree of smoke reduction sufficient to permit their use in smoke control areas. These “exempted”
appliances are designated with a † after their name in this Guide. An up to date list of authorised fuels and exempted appliances, for use
in smoke control areas, is available from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Air Quality Policy Division, Zone 4/D13,
Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SW1 E 6DE and are given on their website, “www.uksmokecontrolareas.co.uk”..
Wood logs and wood based products are of major importance following the implementing of the Energy Performance of Building Directive
(see below). They should be from renewable sources to claim low CO2 emission values. Where the appliance is a DEFRA “exempted”
appliance designed to burn wood logs then specific conditions as to the quality of the wood fuel are imposed by the Statutory Instrument.
Usually this requires the use of untreated dry wood i.e. without halogenated organic compounds or heavy metals as a result of treatment with
wood-preservatives or coatings. Sometimes the SI refers to air-dried wood logs or untreated dry wood. Where appliances are designed to
burn wood chips or wood pellets the fuel size, quality and type specified by the manufacturer should always be adhered to.
Petroleum coke is not recommended by HETAS for use on solid fuel burning appliances because its use can result in serious damage to
grates and other appliance components in the firebed area. However, a number of products which contain petroleum coke or are blends of
petroleum coke with other fuels have been tested and approved (see Introductory Note 4.6).
.
With the adoption by the UK of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and its introduction via Building Regulations L, we list the
nominal output and efficiency at nominal output of all the appliances listed. These have been obtained from Type Test Reports from Notified
Laboratories in Europe against harmonized European Standards. UK Building Regulations require that if a solid fuel burning appliance is to be
installed it must have an efficiency which meets minimum levels. These levels are the same as those required for HETAS Approval and are
given in Section 6 of the Introductory Notes at the front of this Guide. Further, if burning the same fuel, any replacement appliance must have
an efficiency no more than 2 efficiency points less than the appliance it replaces. If the replacement appliance burns a different fuel, then a
calculation based on relative carbon emissions is applied. A list of the efficiencies of earlier HETAS Approved Appliances based on BS testing
is given on the HETAS web site, “www.hetas.co.uk”.
For new installations an SAP assessment must be carried out. These efficiency and output figures may then be used for SAP calculations
remembering that they are for nominal output conditions. Currently, when the appliance is for supplementary heating the nominal output
efficiency is used. Where the appliance supplies full heating for the house and no slow combustion Test figure is available a default figure is
applied for slow combustion being 95% of that at nominal output. This usually results in a “seasonal” efficiency of 97.5% of the measured
efficiency at nominal output.
The appliances listed provide a wide choice of styles and outputs ranging from open fires with and without water heating boilers, through
roomheaters and stoves with and without boilers and cookers which may also include small or large output boilers to independent central
heating boilers. Care should be taken in the selection of the appliance best suited to the specific needs of your house and your life style. A
number of organisations are ready and able to give help should you require it and their names and addresses are given elsewhere in this
publication.
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E. ROOMHEATERS/STOVES (continued)
Appliances
(See Notes above)
Manufacturers
Rated Output kW
and Gross Efficiency
at Nominal Output
(see introductory Notes
6.2, 6.3 and 6.4)
Direct Room
Heating
Riva Plus Range:
When burning
wood
5.0
When burning
smokeless fuels
5.0
When burning
wood
11.0
When burning
smokeless fuels
11.0
Model: Large
Stockton 3
Stovax Ltd
Model 7118 (MF) †
Stockton 4
Model 7101 (wood only) †
Model 7102 (MF) †
%
Gross Eff.
Stovax Ltd
Model: Small
Stovax Ltd
When burning
wood
3.8
When burning
smokeless fuels
3.8
When burning
wood
3.8
When burning
smokeless fuels
3.8
77.1
79.1
71.0
68.3
70.1
84.0
70.1
84.0
† denotes it is a DEFRA Exempted Appliance and can be used in Smoke Control Areas
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Manufacturer's Remarks
(See Notes above)
Freestanding roomheaters. Manual
primary air control. Burns Manufactured
and Natural Smokeless fuels as
approved for closed appliances in Part 2
of this Guide and wood logs only.
Refuel periods for the Riva Plus Small
are 0.75 h for wood and 1.0 h for
smokeless fuels to give the rated
outputs shown.
Refuel periods for the Riva Plus Large
are 0.75 h for wood and 1.5 h for
smokeless fuels to give the rated
outputs shown.
These appliances are classed as
“intermittent” when burning both wood
and smokeless fuels.
Dry freestanding multi-fuel roomheater.
Manual primary air control.
Burns Manufactured and Natural
Smokeless fuels as approved for
closed appliances in Part 2 of this
Guide and wood logs only.
Refuel periods are 0.75 h for wood and
1.0 h for smokeless fuels to give the
rated outputs shown.
This appliance is classed as
“intermittent” when burning both wood
and smokeless fuels.
Dry freestanding roomheaters. Manual
primary air control. Available as wood
only version which can burn wood logs
only or as multi-fuel version which can
burn Manufactured and Natural
Smokeless fuels as approved for closed
appliances in Part 2 of this Guide and
wood logs only.
Refuel periods are 0.75 h for wood and
1.0 h for smokeless fuels to give the
rated outputs shown.
These appliances are classed as
“intermittent” when burning both wood
and smokeless fuels.
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Appendix 2: Sample Stove Certificate
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Appendix 5: SERVE D3.5Report on RES Retrofitting Actions Year 3
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Project Acronym: SERVE
REF
EC:
(Project
Number)
TREN07/FP6EN/S.07.71106/038382
REF (project coordinator org.):
DOCUMENT:
REF.:
Project Coordinator: Seamus Hoyne
Project coordination org.: Tipperary
Rural and Business Development Institute
Date: 8th December 2008
Revision: Final
Deliverable Report
Deliverable No.: 3.5
Work Package No: 3
CONCERTO INITIATIVE
SERVE
Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village
Environment
Report Title:
Renewable Energy Supply Retrofitting Phase 3 Report
Date: 13/11/2010
Author: North Tipperary County Council
Version: 1
CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission
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Table of contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................................... 2
1
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................ 3
2
PHASE 3 OF THE SERVE RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANT SCHEME ...................................................... 3
2.1
W OOD STOVES ....................................................................................................................................... 3
2.2
STATE AID RULES .................................................................................................................................... 3
2.3
MICRO W IND/PV & GREEN ELECTRICITY PURCHASING.............................................................................. 4
3
PROGRESS TOWARDS TARGETS ............................................................................................................. 4
4
NEXT PHASE: MONTHS 27 - 48 .................................................................................................................. 4
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1 Introduction
Phase 3 of Work Package 3 has seen a large uptake in grants, primarily in the wood burning stoves/inserts.
There was also an increased uptake in solar panel grants and wood boiler grants. The scheme is continuing to
operate with the National Greener Homes Scheme and ReHeat Programme being administered by the Sustainable Authority of Ireland where applicable.
2 Phase 3 of the SERVE Renewable Energy Grant Scheme
The scheme was changed in Phase 3 to increase the number of applications and to meet the SERVE targets.
These changes include:
The opportunity for applicants to apply for grant aid for a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures
The removal of the C1 energy rating eligibility requirement for grant aid for renewable measures
The targets were also revised following agreed contract amendments with the EU Commission. The changes
were as follows:
Wood Stove/Inserts – 2,600KW reduced to 1,300KW
2
Solar Panels remained the same at 400m
Wood Boilers reduced from 900KW to 424KW
The Residential Grant Scheme was launched on the 31/01/2010 and the Non Residential Grant Scheme was
launched on 10/02/2010 although there is no separation between the types of buildings for Work Package 3
The scheme was promoted in conjunction with Work Package 1. All Promotion is documented in Work Package 1.12.
The WP partners had to address a number of issues during implementation in 2010.
2.1
Wood Stoves
A lot of work was carried out in Phase 2 by Tipperary Energy Agency on wood burning stoves. This was necessary to accurately define the criteria under which an applicant could get funding for the installation of a wood fuel
stove. Considerable confusion and lack of standards exist in Ireland in this regard. The analysis completed by
the TEA can be reviewed in Deliverable 3.4. The learnings from this were implemented in Phase 3 and as a
result a comprehensive Wood Stove Register was developed for SERVE applicants.
2.2
State Aid Rules
Further work was carried out by the project partners on “State Aid Rules”. The ReHeat Programme is a National
Renewable Energy Grant scheme for non residential buildings administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of
Ireland. Under their terms and conditions co-funding is capped at 40% under state aid rules. Research by the
SERVE partners showed that this could be increased based on new EU State Aid Guidelines on Environmental
Projection which were introduced (OJ C 81, 03.02.2008) and which were incorporated into legislation in a European Commission regulation in August 2008 (OJ L 214, 09.08.2008). Regulation 800/2008 makes specific provisions for the support of renewable energy projects namely:
Page 29, Article 23: “1. Environmental investment for the promotion of energy from renewable
energy sources ----------- 2. the aid intensity shall not exceed 45% of the eligible costs.-------------However the aid intensity may be increased by 20 percentage points for aid awarded to small
enterprises and by 10 percentage points for aid awarded to medium-sized enterprises” (In effect: Small Enterprises – 65%, Medium Sized Enterprises – 55% and Large Enterprises – 45%)
Considerable effort and research was completed by the SERVE Administrative Co-ordinator from CIRCA on this
issue. Discussions were entered into with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) with regard to the
40% ReHeat scheme limit. The conclusion of the discussions was that it was not possible to adjust the 40%
limit due to the ReHeat scheme coming to an end in December 2010.
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2.3
Micro Wind/PV & Green Electricity Purchasing
The biggest challenge in Work Package 3 is the Wind/PV (Micro generation) and the Green Electricity Purchasing aspects of the project. The micro generation potential in the SERVE area in currently under review by Synergy Econnect, which is a partner in the SERVE Project. This report will look at options and the viability of such
installations in the area. Based on this report the WP3 partners will make a decision on how best to progress
with the implementation of the actions in this regard.
The Green Electricity Purchasing is also being considered as the regulations and market conditions for green
electricity have changed significantly since 2007.
3 Progress towards Targets
Work Package 3
Target kW
Wood Stoves
1300
Wood Boiler
423.65
2
Target (m )
Solar
Wind/PV
400
Target kW
20
Completed
to date (kW)
867
In Progress
(kW)
311
Required
(kW)
123
% Achieved
62
200
161
62%
Completed
2
to date (m )
173
KW to date
Committed
2
(m )
91
Committed KW
Required
2)
(m
136
Required KW
65%
1
90%
0%
Table 3-1: Progress of WP3 Actions
Work Package 3 really gathered momentum in phase 3 as can be seen from the above Table.
The WP partners are confident that the target for the wood stove installations will be achieved and have requested an increase in capacity to facilitate additional installations.
The boiler grants paid to date are for 2 residential applicants and amounts to 62 KW or 15% of the target. It is
anticipated that the local secondary school will install a boiler in months 37 – 48. This boiler will be 200kW
which would bring the total kW amount up to 62% of the target.
The solar payments for the period amounted to 29% of the target. The total solar m2 committed and paid is
229.33 KW or 57% of the target.
4 Next Phase: Months 27 - 48
Work Package 3 – Renewable Energy Supply Retrofitting will finish in Month 48. Monitoring of the upgrades will
continue but the grant scheme will close. It is hoped that all targets will be met by this date.
To achieve these targets there will be a media campaign in Month 39 which will announce the closing dates for
the scheme. The focus will on “The Last Chance to Apply for SERVE Grant Aid”. There will be continued promotion through the media, posters, leaflets, and information events over the following months.
The SERVE Grant Schemes experienced difficulties in Phases 1 and 2 due to interaction with the National
Home Energy Saving Scheme. It resulted in delays and difficulties in achieving targets. Phase 3 has been suc-
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cessful in turning this around. Knowledge in the SERVE region about the schemes is high and word of mouth is
driving applications. If applications continue at the same pace it is expected to achieve the targets.
Months 37 & 38 will look at the Micro Generation and Green Electricity Purchasing aspects of the Work Package. The WP Team and the Scientific Coordinator will determine how these aspects will proceed for the remainder of the project
However the work package partners are conscious of difficulties that may arise from the following:
The National Budget
The National Retrofitting Programme which will encompass renewable energies and possibly non residential schemes.
A 200KW boiler for one applicant
The upcoming National Budget in Ireland plans to reduce spending by 6 billion. This will have financial implications for most people and will affect disposable income and the ability of building owners to invest in energy upgrades.
In 2011 it is also proposed to align all the National Energy Schemes. This may include the Greener Homes
Scheme and the ReHeat Scheme. A consultation process with stakeholders has taken place over the past
number of months and the scheme is currently being developed. Details on the changes to be made will be announced in 2011. If there is a need to introduce changes to the SERVE Grant Scheme then there is a risk of an
impact on achievement of targets.
The boiler target is relying on one applicant for a 200kW boiler, if this applicant does not install the boiler the
target will be affected.
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