Imminent Microgeneration Support Scheme to Replace Solar Electricity Grant

Act Now to Reap the Benefits of Both!

The government is currently in the process of designing a Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS) which would essentially allow individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups to sell their excess renewable electricity into the grid.

What is the Microgeneration Support Scheme?

The scheme would give citizens and communities an opportunity to generate their own renewable electricity and receive a fair price for selling any excess to the grid. Not only would the MSS provide individuals with a route to market, but it would also allow communities and citizens to participate in the transition to a net-zero carbon economy, and to contribute to achieving Ireland’s 2030 targets for renewable energy.

Speaking on the matter, minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD has 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.”


Will the MSS Impact the Solar Electricity grant?

 It is highly likely that the SEAI’s Solar Electricity Grant (SEG) will be phased out once the MSS comes into effect. However, if people act quickly and apply for the SEG before the Microgeneration Support Scheme is officially introduced, they will be able to reap the benefits of both. In other words, people will be able to have solar panels installed in their homes at a subsidized cost with the grant as well as have the option to sell excess electricity to the grid once the MSS is introduced.

If you are looking to hopefully put solar PV in your home this year. There is no better time than now to secure your grant placement. To secure your grant for 8 months please contact us here.

What is a Solar Electricity Grant?

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) currently offers grants of up to €3,000 to homeowners to support the installation of Solar PV panels and battery energy storage systems. The main benefits of installing solar panels in your home are:

  1. Cheaper electricity bills
  2. Improved BER rating
  3. Reduction in household emissions
  4. House value increases
  5. House Sell-ability increases 
  6. Future proofed smarter home

To be eligible for the grant, your house must meet the following criteria: 

  • House must have been built and occupied before 2011.
  • The home’s energy performance after the installation of solar panels must be BER of C or better.

 More information on Solar Electricity Grants can be found on the official SEAI website.

If you are interested in finding out more about Solar Power Systems, please contact us here.

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