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Electric Ireland Micro-Generation Pilot Scheme

We are happy to announce that we are extending our micro-generation pilot scheme export payment rate of 9.0 cent per kWh to our existing domestic customers until 31st December 2020. This will be our tenth year offering the pilot scheme to support our customers installing domestic micro-generators. Please note that from 31st December 2014, the pilot scheme was closed to new customers. ESB Networks still accept new applications to connect micro-generators to the electricity network, however it no longer offers its micro-generation support package of…(i) a free installation of an import/export meter and (ii) support payment of 10 cent/kWh. Existing customers who successfully applied to the scheme by February 2012 will continue to receive support from ESB Networks until at least the fifth anniversary of their contract start date (ending 2014-2017).

What is Micro-generation?

Micro-generation covers small scale generators where domestic customers produce their own electricity and export the surplus onto ESB Networks LV System. This is subject to a rated maximum output of:

  • 6kW when the connection is single phase
  • 11kW when the connection is three phase

Examples of micro-generation technology include:

  • Wind-power
  • Photovoltaic
  • Combined heat-and-power (CHP)

Note: Domestic micro-generators with export capacity exceeding the above limits, e.g. a 15kW turbine on single phase when the Pilot Scheme was open to new customers (up to 31st Dec 2014) could qualify for the support initiative provided they limit their Maximum Export Capacity (MEC) to 6kW on single phase and 11kW on 3-phase. Only domestic generators with capacity of 50kW or less are included in this support initiative. Domestic customers must apply by completing a Micro Generation Notification form (NC6) which is available on ESB Networks website.

Getting connected

Connection to ESB Low Voltage Network

To access a step-by-step guide to the connection process - see ESB Networks Conditions for Connection.

Registration with Electric Ireland

Electric Ireland are no longer accepting new customers to its Microgen Pilot Scheme which closed to new customers on 31st December 2014.

Payment for electricity exported to Electric Ireland

  • Electric Ireland will pay its Microgen Pilot Scheme customers the prevailing Electric Ireland rate once your contract continues to be active and in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Micro-generation scheme.
  • Payment will be made on your Electric Ireland bill.

Changing Electricity Supplier

  • Once you change to another supplier your Micro-generation contract with Electric Ireland will terminate.
  • A final settlement payment will be made and any monies owed to you will be made on your final Electric Ireland bill.
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