Minister Eamon Ryan has announced a plan that will allow businesses/ home users to generate electricity for their own use and sell the excess back to a supplier:
Is microgeneration a solution to our future energy needs?Energy Minister Eamon Ryan today announced a pilot grant scheme which will allow users to generate electricity for their own use.
Electricity will be generated via small-scale technologies such as wind turbines and solar power, with the potential to sell excess power back to suppliers. Grant support to meet 50% of the initial start up costs will be made available for the installation of microgeneration systems in approximately 50 trials to be conducted nationwide.
With 2 million being provided in 2008 by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the programme will be administered by Sustainable Energy Ireland in conjunction with key stakeholders, including the Commission for Energy Regulation, ESB Networks and electricity suppliers. The scheme follows a change in regulations last year allowing people to sell electricity back to the grid. It will provide the groundwork for consideration of a set feed in tariff for electricity produced through microgeneration.