Thursday, 26 April 2007

Ceisteanna (127)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

127 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if there is grant assistance for a person who wishes to erect a 10.5 meter high tower wind turbine generator for their private dwelling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15715/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

My Department does not provide grant aid for wind turbines. The current renewable energy support programme, known as the Renewable Energy Feed In Tariff (REFIT), is a fixed feed in tariff mechanism. This means that an applicant may submit an application at a fixed price based on technology and, in the case of wind, the capacity of the project. The reference price values and indexation permitted in REFIT programme are capable of delivering projects without recourse to grant aid. The terms and conditions of REFIT are available on my Department's website at www.dcmnr.ie.