Of the three projects built during 2001, only one -- DP Energy's 3.4 MW plant -- has an AER contract. Eirtricity built its 3 MW project to supply power to small business customers who have signed up for green electricity under its special tariff, while Fuinneamh Gaoithe added a single turbine alongside its existing four turbine wind cluster at Inverin.
The outlook for 2002 is only slightly less bleak. Buckley predicts that some of the small scale wind projects that were granted AER 5 contracts will be built during the year. But at least 50% of the large proposals still need to secure consent for their connections to the grid. This could delay them by up to a year.