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Hydro Power on Farms - Going With The Flow - Webinar

15 April 2023
Type Event Proceeding

Fiacc O’Brolchain, Hydropower Engineer Specialist spoke to Barry Caslin, Teagasc on Wednesday, 12th April about the option to generate electricity from hydro on farms.

Watch webinar recording below

Areas that were covered included:

  • Planning requirements
  • Types of hydro
  • Feasibility studies
  • Selling to the grid
  • Cost of construction
  • Maintenance costs
  • River/site suitability
  • Protecting the spawning fish
  • Labour input
  • Government agencies involved
  • Where do I get advice

With high electricity prices and uncertainty farmers with steep land and high, consistent volumes of rainfall may consider hydropower. Some of the power generated can be used on the farm, saving it on its electricity bills, a saving that is expected to become more significant as conventional electricity costs rise. In addition to the Microgeneration Support Scheme can generate an income from power which is exported to the national grid and earns an export tariff which is paid by the buyer of the power.