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Well Done Tesco UK!!

Tesco UK to Install Wind Generators

Tesco UK are to install wind turbines in some of their stores in the UK – ranging in size from 850 Kwts to 3 Mega Watts. Initially 31 stores will be served in this way.

Please Please Tesco Ireland do consider the same strategy here in Ireland.

If all major business in Ireland were to invest in Renewable Energy in this way, it would put the old dinosaur ESB in it’s place. If the ESB are too stupid to make the move maybe industry could help make a swing? Something has to shift in Ireland. The status quo is so firmly rooted here it that would take a major disaster to change things.

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Kedco, the new boy on the block in Ireland in wood pellet supply, has, so far, not been bothered to answer some direct questions I sent them some time ago. I would imagine that a new start-up company would be anxious to clarify their position and also to gain some free publicity. It seems not to be the situation here.

I take it that they either: (a) Have something to hide, (b) Are not interested in what people think about them, (c) Would distain contact with something so common as a Blog, or maybe simply (d) They couldn’t be arsed to answer!!

To be fair it might also be that their website doesn’t work properly and they didn’t get my communication!

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I have had a number of readers of this blog make contact with me and give me various pieces of information and prices on the Kedco/OPOP wood pellet boiler.

To date I have had three different prices given to me. I can only vouch for one of these prices as being accurate:

Lowest Price

The lowest price I was informed of is €4800 incl. VAT at 21% for a 16Kw boiler/hopper unit to include commissioning but not installation.

Next Lowest Price

The next lowest price I was told about for the same boiler is €5000 incl. VAT.

The Price I can Vouch for as Accurate

The third price is the one I got myself from Kedco when I telephoned them, and that was €5100 incl. VAT.

Awaiting Kedco’s Clarification

I have e-mailed Kedco some days ago, and invited the company to clarify regarding the prices I have received. So far I have not received any reply. If the quotation of €4800 is an accurate price, it represents good value by Irish standards, given that it includes the commissioning and Grant sign off cost.

Kedco are also, I believe, going to guarantee supply and stable prices for wood pellets. Again on this information, I await their return.

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Ireland is too dependent for all its energy on countries that either don’t care about us, or are unstable and cannot be relied upon. The answer lies in the soil, our rich and plentiful farmland.

Biodiesel from oil crops such as rapeseed, and ethanol from grains, offer a real and viable alternative to imported fuels.

In the USA bio-diesel is the fastest growing renewable energy source. The number of bio-diesel retailers and distributors has grown from about 450 in 2002 to approx 3,000 now.

The number of farmers using bio-diesel has increased to one in two. Figures indicate that there are 50 U.S. bio-diesel manufacturers in operation with another 50 planned.

There is also 101 ethanol plants in operation with another 42 under construction.

Those plants currently output 5 billion US gallons of ethanol per year with the 42 coming on expected to add another 3 billion. Three years ago there were just over 2 billion US gallons a year. This means production has doubled in three years. Indications are it will double again over five years.

Currently ethanol is included as a portion of 40% of the USA’s petrol. In California and other states ethanol is a component of every gallon of petrolIreland is too dependent for all its energy on nations that either don’t care about us or are unstable and cannot be relied on. The answer lies in the soil, our rich and plentiful farmland.

Biodiesel from oil crops such as rapeseed serves and ethanol from grains offer an alternative to imported fuels.

In the USA biodiesel is the fastest-growing renewable energy source. The number of biodiesel retailers and distributors has grown from about 450 in 2002 to approx 3,000 now.

The number of farmers using biodiesel has increased to one in two. Figures indicate that there are 50 U.S. biodiesel manufacturers in operation with another 50 planned.

There is also 101 ethanol plants in operation with another 42 under construction.

Those plants currently output 5 billion US gallons of ethanol per year with the 42 coming on expected to add another 3 billion. Three years ago there were just over 2 billion US gallons a year. This means production has doubled production in three years. It will double again in five years.

Currently ethanol is included as a portion of 40% of the USA’s petrol. In California and other states ethanol is a component of every gallon of gasoline.

Now that is in a country with a share of it’s own oil supplies. Good old slow plodding and naieve Ireland has virtually no home produced petroleum products, and we are doing little to plug the leak in the dyke!!

It gives one to think, has anything in planning and government improved since the famine?

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Wind Power from B&Q

Hope This Sort of Thing Happens for Wood Pellet Heaters Soon!!

This is a new development for renewable energy that will benefit the consumer big time; B&Q in the UK are offering a 1 Kilowatt windmill with automatic switching into house mains. The price includes pre-installation survey and full installation cost and is £1498 or about €2200. the link: http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/index.jsp

B&Q also offer solar panels. Hopefully they will soon offer woodpellet heaters and boilers also. Come on Woodies you can do it too!!

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Whoop di Doo!!!!

Sustainable Energy Ireland has stated that increases in wind power will benefit ESB customers with €30m savings in 2007.

But the price of electricity will increase by a huge 20% in 2007 simply because the ESB is such an inefficient and stupid dinosaur of a company – and has not planned sufficiently for Renewable Energy. The announced savings are to the 20% increase – as a FART is to a gale force wind!

€30m saving – A veritable fart in a gale force wind!

Chief executive of the SEI David Taylor said: “The use of wind power in the portfolio of electricity generation is delivering clear benefits to domestic electricity users. The reduction in the PSO levy, primarily attributable to the increase in wind power capacity connected to the electricity system, is welcome news at a time when consumers are facing continuously rising prices. A saving of €11 per household, while modest, is a clear and tangible indication that the policy of developing wind energy is delivering real benefits to consumers”.

“Ireland’s rich renewable resource has further potential to reduce the environmental impacts of meeting our energy needs and to meet the increased demands for electricity that comes with economic growth.”

Gee – You don’t say Mr. Taylor!!

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OPOP Comfort Price in Denmark

Just got some prices from Denmark on the OPOP Comfort boiler, with burner, auger and silo. The combo is shown above, the silo is a different type.

The price is 27,000 Danish Crowns or €3,702 plus 21% VAT Total is €4479 including VAT. Does any know how that compares to the Kedco offering?? I am prepared to bet that the Kedco price is at least 20 to 30% higher. I am not a betting man, an actuary, or math genius, just going on the average IRISH pricing system in this business!!

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