CLIMATE CHANGE: Government failing to support householders’ efforts to save energy: Waterford councillor
Micro-generation is the small scale generation of electricity, which Sinn Féin’s Conor D. McGuinness said is “fast becoming a substantial part of the energy mix of development countries around the world”.
Councillor McGuinness said: “Micro-generation allows for sustainable and renewable energy to be generated for local use, and without that imposition of immense, unwelcome and potentially harmful infrastructure. Many homeowners have already installed solar panels and small wind turbines, which over result in savings on energy costs. However it can take a decade or more to realise the financial payback, and upfront costs are prohibitive for most householders and businesses.”
However, the Dungarvan-based councillor (pictured below) said that, unlike most European countries, there is no capacity in Ireland for micro-generators to sell electricity to the grid.
He added: “If householders or small businesses were paid for their excess electricity it would help offset the set up costs and make investment a more enticing prospect.