A public consultation on a new microgeneration support scheme MSS was announced in mid-January by Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD.

Microgenerators are generally defined as small electricity generators deployed on the low voltage distribution network, and under the proposed scheme would consist of rooftop solar, ground mounted solar, micro-wind, micro-hydro and micro-CHP generators with maximum output of 50kW.

The proposed scheme would allow a route for consumers, including homeowners, farmers, business owners and community groups  to generate their own renewable electricity for their own needs and sell any excess back to the national grid.

The scheme aims to ensure consumers receive a fair price for their input and to serve their own electricity consumption needs. Properties must also reach minimum energy efficiency requirements for properties to partake in the scheme.