Ireland Issues New Net Metering Rules For RE Projects

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The Irish Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Communications has launched a public consultation on its proposed Micro-generation Support Scheme, a new mechanism aimed at supporting the deployment of power generators based on renewable energy and not exceeding 50 kW in size.

The scheme replaces the pilot scheme for PV micro generation which expired in January 2020, under which 4,353 projects, totaling 15 MW, were implemented, and is expected to come into force in July. It will be open to both rooftop and small ground-mounted solar, wind, micro-hydro, and micro combined heat and power facilities and will enable the system owners to sell excess electricity to the grid.

Projects developed under this regime may also have access to the rebate schemes such as the Domestic Solar PV and Better Energy Communities schemes operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and TAMS II, operated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.