Micro-Generation Scheme

Micro-generation Scheme - Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions are supplemental to Electric Ireland’s general terms and conditions of supply. These terms and conditions apply to contracts for the provision of electricity by you to us generated from renewable sources under the Electric Ireland Domestic Micro-generation Pilot Scheme.

Commencement and Duration

The Contract will commence when we notify you of our acceptance and approval of a valid application to join our Domestic Micro-generation Pilot Scheme and unless cancelled or terminated, shall continue until the Expiry Date.


You will be eligible for our Domestic Micro-generation Pilot Scheme if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • You are a customer of Electric Ireland on a domestic type price plan.
  • The generation of electricity conducted by you on the Premises is for wholly domestic purposes.
  • The generation and operation of your installed system is in accordance with the requirements of the industry and DSO (Distribution System Operator, ESB Networks) See details.
  • You have entered into an appropriate agreement with the DSO which allows for the export of electricity from your installed system onto the distribution network.
  • You have appropriate metering installed at the Premises.
  • You have supplied us with the requisite information reasonably requested by us in order to carry out the Electric Ireland Domestic Micro-generation Pilot Scheme.

Price and Payment

1) The electricity you export shall be measured by metering equipment and we shall pay you in accordance with the current export price plan as published from time to time.
2) Electric Ireland will also be administrating the payment of the additional ESB Networks support payment of 10 cents per kWh, for the first 3,000 kWh exported annually. This payment will be made to micro-generators contracted with ESB Networks by February 2012 and will be paid over a 5 year period from their start date of original contract (expiring sometime between 2014 and 2017).
3) The full monetary value of exported units will be credited to your Electric Ireland electricity account on an annual basis. If this results in an overall net credit on the account, the customer may contact us to request a cheque payment or alternatively leave the credit to offset future electricity charges.
4) Upon termination of the Contract, howsoever arising, we shall pay you for the electricity you supply up to the time of termination and as recorded by the metering equipment.

Ending your Contract

a) You may cancel the Contract within 14 days of its commencement by writing to us at: Micro-generation Scheme, Electric Ireland, FREEPOST F9, PO Box 841, South City Delivery Office, Togher, Cork, Ireland and refer to your MPRN number.
b) You may terminate the Contract at any other time on giving not less than 7 days’ notice to us in writing at the address set out above.
c) The Contract will automatically terminate:

  • in the event that you fail at any time to comply with any of the eligibility criteria;
  • if you sell or vacate the Premises;
  • if you are no longer on a domestic type tariff;
  • if you are no longer the customer responsible for the electricity supply agreement at the Premises;
  • if you change to a new supplier;
  • in the event that you commit a breach of the Contract; or at the Expiry Date.

d) Electric Ireland may terminate the Contract at any time on giving not less than 7 days’ written notice to you.
e) You may arrange to end this agreement if satisfactory arrangements are in place to transfer liability to a person who is acceptable to us.
f) In the event of termination of the Contract (howsoever caused), you shall advise us by email: microgen@electricireland.ie of your intention to terminate the Micro-generation Contract. Any delay in notifying us may delay any final payment due to you under the Contract.


Your Liability

You are responsible for looking after all property and other equipment that is placed on your premises or under your control. You will be liable for the cost of any injury or repairing any damage for which you are responsible.

Our Liability

a) We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage caused arising directly or indirectly from your electricity supply and the equipment.
b) Nothing in this agreement will exclude or restrict your or our liability for death or personal injury resulting from your or our negligence.
c) We will not be liable to you under this agreement in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for any indirect damages or economic loss, including but not limited to loss of revenue, business, contracts, predicted savings or profits.
d) If any exclusion or other condition in this agreement is invalid for any reason and we become liable for loss and damage that could otherwise have been limited, our liability will be limited to a maximum sum equal to the total amount of charges and other payments we owe to you for the electricity export.

Events Beyond Our Control

We will not have to carry out any obligation under this agreement if we are prevented from doing so by any cause beyond our reasonable control. This includes, but is not limited to, failure or shortage of power supplies, civil unrest, labour shortage or labour dispute, instructions or requests from the Government, an emergency services organisation, or any other competent authority, or legal obligations.


a) Nothing in this Contract shall take precedence over the General Conditions of Supply which sets out the conditions for your agreement for an electricity supply with Electric Ireland.
b) We may change the agreement for any commercial, technical, legal or operational reason, and we will tell you about any changes before we make them.
c) We may use any money which we owe to you to reduce any debt which you may owe to us that relates in any way to, or arises out of, energy supply or your supply contract including any special terms.
d) Participation in the Electric Ireland Domestic Micro-generation Scheme gives Electric Ireland full ownership of units exported to us.

Customer Information

You agree that we may use the information which we obtain from you in relation to the generation and export of electricity by you in connection with the Electric Ireland Domestic Micro-generation Pilot Scheme, including the generation of data and statistics in relation to the Scheme and its operation. Where such information constitutes personal data within the meaning of data protection law, it will be held and processed in compliance with that law and in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which is available at www.electricireland.ie/privacy, or you can contact us to obtain a copy.


'We' means ESB, acting through its Electric Ireland business unit.
'You' means the person or organisation named on the application form.
'DSO' means the Distribution System Operator, ESB Networks.
'Premises' means the building or structure that has a metered connected to the distribution network for the purposes of an electricity supply.
'Expiry Date' means 31st December 2015 or any other date notified [by notice addressed to you or by publication in the national press or published on http://www.electricireland.ie.