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What is microgeneration?

Microgeneration is the generation of green electricity from renewable technologies, such as solar panels, micro-wind, micro-hydro and micro-renewable combined heat and power (CHP).

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What is the Microgeneration Scheme?

The Government Microgeneration Support Scheme allows businesses with a registered microgeneration device to sell any excess electricity back to Ireland’s electricity grid. This payment is called a Clean Export Guarantee (CEG).

How can I avail of microgeneration?

Most Electric Ireland microgenerators have solar PV installed on their roof. Your solar PV installer would have registered a connection form on your behalf to ESB Networks. This form provides us with the information we need to set you up.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does microgeneration work?

Microgenerators generate clean, renewable energy to meet some or all of the electricity demands of a household or business. When coupled with a diverter, this renewable energy can heat a water tank.

The Government Microgeneration Support Scheme is now available so that those with a registered microgeneration device can sell any excess electricity back to Ireland’s electricity grid.

This will help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

What is the Clean Export Guarantee?

The Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) is the payment businesses will receive when they sell their “microgeneration” excess electricity back to the national grid. In the context of grid connection, “microgeneration” relates to capacities in the range 0 – 6 kW for single phase electrical connections, and in the range 0 – 11 kW for three phase connections.

Who is eligible for the Microgeneration Support Scheme?

Electric Ireland customers who own a micro-generator such as solar PV, micro-wind, micro-hydro, or renewable micro-CHP are eligible for this scheme. You must have an export grid connection recognised by ESB Networks. This is typically organised by the installer on installation or can be organised through ESB Networks.
In addition, you must have a smart meter installed where technically possible.

What rate will I be paid?

Electric Ireland is pleased to offer a rate of 21c per kWh from 15th Feb 2022. We estimate that this payment will range between €50-€300 per year, depending on the size and type of your microgeneration system (a typical installation of 10 panels would be about €150 per year).

Do I need a smart meter to avail of microgeneration?

Where possible, a smart meter is required to avail of microgeneration payments. Smart meters can measure the profile of demand at your business and thereby allow you to maximise your self-consumption. Smart meters can also measure the export of microgeneration installations to facilitate access to remuneration for residual electricity exported to the grid.

If you have a microgenerator installed, such as solar PV, ESB Networks will submit a connection form on your behalf. This form will inform us at Electric Ireland that you have a registered microgeneration device and ESB Networks will install a smart meter for you if you do not already have one.

If, for any reason, you cannot have a smart meter installed in your business, you will receive estimated payments based on the size of your installed microgeneration device.

When will I get a smart meter?

If you have microgen such as solar PV and a standard 24hr smart meter, ESB Networks have prioritised you for smart meter installation and they will be in touch shortly. Unfortunately, we cannot provide detail on a timeline.

I'm on a day/night tariff, can I avail of microgeneration?

Yes. If you have a day/night meter it is not scheduled for replacement with smart meter at this time, however you will still receive a deemed estimate based on the size of your installation and this will be back dated to either February 15, 2022 or the time your microgeneration system was installed with the correct NC6 form submitted.

I am not an Electric Ireland customer, can I still avail of the Microgeneration Scheme?

Only Electric Ireland customers who meet the criteria above are eligible for the Microgeneration Scheme through Electric Ireland.  For more information on being an Electric Ireland Business customer, please visit our home page.

What is solar PV?

Solar PV panels use the sun's energy to convert daylight into renewable energy. The electricity is then consumed within the premise, reducing your need to buy energy from a supplier. When a Solar PV system produces more energy than a business needs, the extra energy can go to your immersion heater. Solar PV is not to be confused with Solar Thermal - while Solar Thermal heats water only, Solar PV gives you free electricity and hot water.

Most customers install solar PV on their roof, however they can be installed anywhere on your property where there is sufficient open space and good sun exposure.

I have a Solar PV installed but I don’t know the status of my connection form?

It’s likely that your PV installer submitted a connection form on your behalf. Once the form is processed, we are made aware that you have a microgeneration system at your property. We will contact all of our customers who we know to have microgeneration by the end of 2022. If you did not hear from us it's possible that a connection form has not been submitted for your microgenerator and you will need to contact your installer or ESB Networks for advice.

Where can I get a connection form?

The connection form and associated information is available on ESB Networks website.

How does the microgeneration payment work?

Your first payment will be a backdated payment made in the form of a credit on your electricity bill.