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What is microgeneration?
What is microgeneration?
PICTURE: What is microgeneration?
MAY 15 2024
Microgeneration refers to the generation of electricity from small scale renewable technology such as solar panels.
Think of it as a way to be more self-sufficient! Solar panels are generally the most popular choice for micro-generation. In this blog post, we'll dive deeper into what microgeneration is, how it can benefit you, tax exemptions to save you money, and how you can get started with micro-generation.

Table of contents:
  • The benefits of microgeneration
  • What is the microgeneration scheme
  • How much can you get for your electricity
  • Export and earn with Energia
The benefits of microgeneration

There are several benefits associated with microgeneration.

Energy savings
Microgeneration is like having a little power station right at home.  It’s like growing your own vegetables instead of always buying them from the shop. If you’re eligible for the microgeneration scheme and produce surplus electricity, you will have the option to export this surplus to the grid and receive a payment for it.

Reduced carbon footprint
Microgeneration is also about making a positive impact on the environment. By using renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydro, or biomass, microgeneration allows individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. 

What is the microgeneration scheme? 

The microgeneration scheme is a government initiative designed to encourage the generation of renewable energy by households. Under this scheme, individuals can install small-scale renewable energy systems, such as solar panels or hydroelectric systems, to generate electricity or heat for their own use. The microgeneration scheme will allow customers with registered microgeneration installations to sell any excess electricity back to Ireland’s electricity grid in return for the Clean Expert Guarantee (CEG) payment.

Tax exemptions for microgeneration 

Individuals who sell their electricity back to the grid in Ireland qualify for tax exemptions. Under the new updated scheme, individuals are eligible for a yearly tax exemption of €400 on the income earned from selling excess electricity. 

How does the microgeneration support scheme work?

The microgeneration support scheme supports households and businesses in using renewable energy systems like solar panels and wind turbines. To be eligible for the scheme you must own a microgenerator such as a solar PV system and have an export grid connection. You will also need to complete an NC6 form. Once your form is submitted to ESBN they will notify your energy provider. If you do not have a smart meter at the premises you will need to get one installed by ESB Networks. Alternatively, Energia can request a smart meter on your behalf.

If you qualify, you will receive financial support through grants administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to help cover installation costs. As mentioned previously, if you produce extra electricity and sell electricity back to the grid, you can receive a payment for it. We currently offer our residential customers a rate of 24c per kWh exported to the grid.  Also, regular compliance checks, maintenance, and reporting of energy generation data are necessary to remain eligible for scheme support.

How can I avail of microgeneration?

You can avail of microgeneration in three simple steps.
  1. You must own a microgenerator such as solar PV system and have an export grid connection. 
  2. You must notify ESBN that you have installed solar panels by completing the NC6 form. The installer should complete this form on your behalf.
  3. Once the form has been submitted to ESBN, ESBN will send your export usage details to your designated energy provider and payment will show on your electricity bill.
How much can I get for my electricity? 

Energia is pleased to offer a rate of 24c per kWh to our residential customers.  The payment is dependent on the size and type of your microgeneration system. 

Export and earn with Energia 

Interested in selling electricity back to the grid? With Energia, you can generate your own energy and also reduce the quantity of electricity you import from the electricity grid and lower your carbon footprint. Our tailored solution for your solar PV installation can be enhanced with a battery. If you don’t want to sell your excess electricity back to the grid, you can store it in a battery and power your appliances with stored electricity. By partnering with Energia, you gain access to top-notch support and competitive pricing. 

With our microgeneration plan, you have the opportunity to not only save big, but to also play a pivotal role in driving Ireland’s energy transition. Energia’s commitment to customer satisfaction, combined with our extensive expertise and experience, makes it easy for you to make the right switch.

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