Words: Katie Gartland
The new plan would allow solar panel owners to sell their surplice energy back to the grid.
Citizens, businesses, farmers, sports organisations and community groups will be able to sell their own renewable electricity back to the grid in a new scheme due to start this July.
Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan announced the design and consultation process of the project on Thursday.
The micro generation support scheme will allow individuals to provide their own renewable energy for a fair price. Popular at-home renewable energy include solar panels, small wind turbines and hydro power.
The scheme will enable Ireland to reach our energy consumption targets for 2030, when 70% of all energy should be renewable.
Speaking about the project, Eamon Ryan said “It 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.”
Micro-generators in private homes and businesses mostly source their own energy needs. However, if a generator produces above the necessary amount of energy, the surplice could be sold back to the grid in the new plan.
The building used for the business, home or group must meet minimum energy efficient requirements (under BER ratings). Some older properties may need to carry out insulation and retrofitting to meet requirements.
A final design for the micro generation project will be submitted to the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications on February 17. After that, the plan will be sent to be approved by the government.
The Department are calling for the public to submit their opinions and views on the micro generation scheme. Click on this link if you’d like to have your say.