Households and community groups will be paid for renewable energy they produce under Micro-generation Support Scheme

22nd December, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien has today (21st December) welcomed Minister Eamon Ryan’s announcement of two new schemes that will support households and communities to play their part in climate action by paying them for electricity that they export to the national grid.

The Clean Export Guarantee will allow households and communities with small installations of solar panels to be paid a competitive market rate for electricity that they export to the grid. The Clean Export Premium guarantees a payment rate for the next 15 years for medium sized generators such as solar panels on community centres and farm buildings.

Welcoming the news, the Minister O’Brien said:

“Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in the way we incentivise renewable energy and delivers on a key commitment the Green Party secured in the Programme for Government. Through this scheme, homeowners and communities will now be supported in contributing to our energy transition and will receive a fair payment for providing renewable energy to the grid, while also generating energy for their own use.

The new announcement of a higher tariff for community groups and farmers is particularly welcome. It allows us all to take a collective stake in climate action by providing a stable source of income for sports halls, community groups, and other community owned buildings through the production of solar power. Farmers will be offered a sustainable and stable source of income from solar power while ensuring that they are less vulnerable to electricity price rises.

The Green Party is delivering in government and the measures announced today will allow a large amount of people to have their own stake, either through their home, their community or their farm, in a clean renewable future.”