Micro and Small Scale Renewable and CHP Products

Renewable technologies installed in homes and businesses should meet minimum quality and performance standards. SEAI intends to host and publish a list of renewable equipment which meets these minimum requirements.

To be eligible for the list of microgeneration products, the equipment generator capacity must be less than 50kW. The equipment must meet certain requirements such as relevant European standards and hold CE markings. The full details of the certification and documentation to be provided with an application for each technology, to qualify for inclusion on the list, will be published when the online application system is launched later in 2010.

Prior to publication of full application guidance and requirements the documentation which will be required for registration is outlined below:

Wind Turbines

  • CE marking compliance:
    • A declaration of conformity signed by the manufacturer which confirms that all the requirements of the relevant EU directives and harmonised standards are satisfied.
  • Design standard EN 61400-2:2006:
    • A safety statement from the manufacturer that the turbine is designed in compliance with the standard.
    • Clear reference must be made to the 'Class' (I, II, III, IV and S) of wind conditions for which the design is appropriate in accordance with IEC/EN 61400-2. Class I and II wind conditions prevail in Ireland. Where Class S is specified full details must be provided in the design documentation as per section 6.2 of IEC/EN 61400-2.
    • Statement that all other requirements under the standard are complied with.
  • Noise emission standard EN 61400-11:2003 and
  • Performance standard EN 61400-12-01:
    • A copy of the certificates and test reports according to the requirements of these two standards, demonstrating that the standards are met, shall be provided for each turbine to be registered. The test report shall be from a laboratory accredited for testing in accordance with each standard or an EN 17025 accredited test site.
    • Where certification to the international standards EN 61400-11:2003 and EN 61400-12-01 are not available certification to a national standard will be considered on a case-by-case basis e.g. MCS in the UK. A copy of the certificates and test reports according to the requirements of this national standard, demonstrating that the standards are met, shall be provided for each turbine to be registered. The test report shall be from a laboratory accredited to test in accordance with the national certification scheme. SEAI reserves to right to reject national certification schemes if it is felt they do not offer a level of quality assurance necessary for the microgeneration register of products.
  • Installation manual
  • Operation and Maintenance manual
  • Manufacturer provided/approved training:
    • The supply of registered wind products must be supported by manufacturer provided or approved training.

Solar PV Panels

  • CE marking compliance:
    • A declaration of conformity signed by the manufacturer which confirms that all the requirements of the relevant EU directives are satisfied.
  • Design standards EN 61215:2005 or 3. EN 61646:1977 (crystalline or thin-film)
    • A certificate and a copy of the test reports according to the requirements of the standards, demonstrating that the standards are met, shall be provided for each module to be registered. The test report shall be from a laboratory accredited for testing according to each standard or an EN 17025 accredited test site.
    • The test reports should include relevant information such as kWp and efficiency performance.
  • Safety standard EN 61730
  • Documentation standard EN 50380:
    • Data sheets should be consistent with EN 50380 Datasheets and nameplate information of photovoltaic modules.
  • Installation Manual
  • Operation and Maintenance manuals

Hydro-electric Turbines

  • CE marking compliance:
    • A declaration of conformity signed by the manufacturer which confirms that all the requirements of the relevant EU directives are satisfied.
  • IEC 60041International code for the field acceptance tests of hydraulic turbines or IEC 60193International code for the model acceptance tests
    • A copy of the certificates and the test reports according to the requirements of the standards, demonstrating that the standards are met, shall be provided for each product to be registered. Where practicable the test report shall be from a laboratory accredited for testing according to each standard.
  • Hydro-electric suppliers have indicated that they do not supply standardized or 'off-the-shelf' products and SEAI will re-assess the need for a hydro product list later in 2010.

The register of products will list the generating technology only. Grid connected generators are tied in to the grid via a separate electronic interface known as an 'inverter'. The inverter must conform to European standard EN 50438. ESB Networks provide details of their requirements for grid connection on their website.


Further information:

Small Scale Wind - FAQ

Hydroelectric Information

 
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