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Scheme for people to sell excess renewable energy to the national grid to be established


Individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups will be able to sell renewable electricity into the grid under a scheme being developed by the government.

A new Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS) is being designed by Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan to provide a route to market for citizens and communities.

This will allow them to generate their own renewable electricity, e.g. from solar panels on their roofs, and receive a fair price when they sell the excess into the grid.

The Scheme design also seeks to establish the ‘renewables self-consumer’ model of energy generation and consumption in Ireland; to support community and citizen participation in the transition to a net-zero carbon economy; and to contribute to achieving our 2030 targets for renewable energy.

Micro-generators will primarily serve their own consumption needs but will be able to receive a payment for excess electricity exported back to the grid.

The Scheme will ensure that there is equity in what supports are offered and how the cost of support is distributed.

As part of the design, micro-generators must have first met minimum energy efficiency requirements for their properties.

Local Green Party Minister Pippa Hackett, welcomed the development.

She said: “An exciting opportunity is coming up for individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups to sell renewable electricity into the grid.

“I would encourage any interested person or group to give their views on how such a scheme would work.”

While Minister Eamonn Ryan said: “This scheme will allow people and communities to become active participants in the energy transition.

“By producing and selling their own electricity citizens, farmers, business owners and community organisations can save on their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

“I urge interested parties to get involved and have their say.”

Minister Ryan is inviting the public to take part in a consultation on how the scheme will operate.

The consultation is part of a broader movement towards greater citizen involvement in energy policy, committed to in the 2020 Programme for Government.

This public consultation will remain open until 5.30pm on February 18.

All responses should be submitted to publicconsultation_mss@decc.gov.ie or in writing to MSS Consultation, Electricity Policy Division, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, Ireland. D02X285.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.