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Approval Granted For Scheme Allowing Homes To Sell Electricity To National Grid

The Micro-generation Support Scheme will come on stream next year.

The government has today approved a new scheme that will allow homes, farms and businesses to sell electricity to the national grid.

It aims to provide supports to develop renewable energy for self-consumption.

The Micro-generation Support Scheme will come on stream next year.

Minister of State and Green Party senator, Offaly's Pippa Hackett says it's about increasing the use of renewable energy:

Key features of the MSS framework:

Target:

The Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) is targeting support for 380MW of installed micro-generation capacity, to contribute to the target of up to 2.5GW of solar renewables under the Climate Action Plan. Depending on panel size, that equates to over 1 million solar panels, on approximately 70,000 buildings.
 

Domestic applicants:

Home-owners will be eligible to receive a Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) tariff, for any exported electricity, at a competitive market rate from their electricity supplier.
Home-owners will continue to be able to apply to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for a grant towards the cost of installing equipment. In 2022, the grants will be at the same level per kW as the current SEAI solar PV grant scheme (maximum €2,400).
 

Non-domestic applicants:

Non-domestic applicants will also be eligible to receive the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) tariff, for any exported electricity, at a competitive market rate from their electricity supplier.
Projects between 6kW and 50kW will receive a Clean Export Premium (CEP) tariff per kWh exported, for a period of 15 years, from their electricity supplier. The Clean Export Premium (CEP) will be €0.135/kWh in 2022, which is higher than the current average wholesale electricity price. Any difference between the CEP tariff and wholesale electricity prices will be supported by the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy. Exported volumes of electricity eligible for the Clean Export Premium (CEP) tariff will be capped at 80% of generation capacity – to incentivise self-consumption.
It is expected that the Clean Export Premium (CEP) will commence in the third quarter of 2022, when a payment mechanism will be determined by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).
Businesses, farms, community buildings such as schools, sports clubs, etc, generating up to 5.9kW will be eligible for a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant at the same levels as domestic customers. This specific grant will be available later in 2022.
 

Community Participation:

Community enterprises including sports clubs and community halls will be eligible to participate, either as individual micro-generators or as community projects within the Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS).
 

Scheme Review:

Supports under the Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) will gradually reduce over time from 2024, based on reaching specific deployment milestones. It is expected that supports for new installations will begin to be phased out from 2028.

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