Microgeneration FAQs for Business customers

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Microgeneration

What is Microgeneration?

Microgeneration is the general term used to refer to small-scale generation of electricity from renewable technologies, such as solar PV, wind power and combined heat and power (CHP). This type of generation allows customers to produce their own electricity on site, as an alternative or supplement to electricity imported from the grid.

As well as meeting some, or all, of your electricity demand, as of early 2022 microgeneration took a step forward with the introduction of the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG). This means that while the majority of the energy produced will be used to power your property, from time to time, when there is surplus electricity from your microgeneration you can export this to the grid and receive a payment for it. By reducing your offtake and increasing the volume of renewable energy supplied to the grid you can actively contribute to a greener, cleaner Ireland while reducing your own energy bills. A great deal for you and a great deal for the environment.

How do I get Microgeneration installed?

If you’re interested in installing microgeneration or solar PV at your property, please visit our partners Activ8 Solar Energies.

What is the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG)?

The clean export Guarantee (CEG) means that while the majority of the energy produced will be used to power your property, from time to time, when there is surplus electricity from your microgeneration you can export this to the grid and receive a payment for it.

Am I eligible?

Whether you are eligible for the scheme depends on a number of factors. A customer will not be entitled to the export payment until they meet the eligibility criteria set out below.

For customers with a smart meter already installed.

  • They must complete an NC6 form with ESBN

For customers with a 24hr (MCC01, MCC12, MCC16) meter currently in place.

  • They must have a smart meter installed by ESBN and will be eligible for payment once installed.
  • They must complete an NC6 form with ESBN

For customers with other meter types (excluding 24hr meters & smart meters)

  • ESBN will provide a deemed export (detailed below)
  • They must complete an NC6 form with ESBN

Any customer with a smart meter will have actual export to the grid measured and will be paid accordingly. All other customers will be paid according to a deemed (estimated) export value.

*If a customer has refused or refuses the installation of a smart meter, then they will not be eligible for a deemed export profile (see below). If a customer has refused or refuses the installation of a smart meter and now wants to avail of the scheme, they must request the installation of a smart meter, this can be done through their supplier or ESBN .

What is an NC6 form?

To be eligible for payments, ESB Networks first need to be notified of your microgeneration install so they can start recording your export to the grid. This is done by completing an NC6 form. This would have been completed with your technician at the time of installation.

However, if you’re not sure if the NC6 form has previously been submitted, please contact ESB Networks. If an NC6 form has not been submitted, please contact your installation company to complete this and return to ESB Networks as soon as possible.

Download a NC6 Microgeneration Form here.

For a step-by-step guide on Microgen connection, please contact ESB Networks.

What is the rate per kWh for Microgeneration?

As of June 2022, we are offering a rate of 14cent per kWh produced.

Do I get tax back / need to advise of income for taxation?

Your CEG payment will be based on a per kWh basis at 14 cent per unit. There is no published guidance for customers in relation to the VAT treatment of electricity exported to the grid by customers.

If you have any queries in relation to their VAT compliance obligations in relation to electricity exported, they should contact the Revenue Commissioners or CRU 

What is the difference between metered export and deemed export?

A customer’s payment will be decided based on whether they have a smart meter or not in place. Any customer with a smart meter will have actual export to the grid measured and will be paid accordingly.

All other customers will be paid according to a deemed export value. This takes account of the assumption that the majority of the electricity generated is being used at your property. This calculation has been decided by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) with government oversight. There is no mechanism to change this amount except for the installation of a smart meter to record actual consumption. Suppliers have no role in determining this export value . 

How is deemed export calculated?

The calculation of the deemed export is based on the following factors and has been set by the CRU.

Deemed Export Quantity= MEC x Capacity Factor x Export Factor x Provision Interval

MEC – This will come from the NC6 form which the customer is required to submit to ESBN.
Capacity Factor – This is based on a calculation from the CRU and is set at 9.7%
Export Factor – This is based on a calculation from the CRU and is set at 35%
Provisional interval – This is a calculation used for solar installations that takes account of how Microgeneration works in practice during the day and from season to season.

It’s important to note that as customers transition towards eligibility for a smart meter, they will also move towards actual export data.

When can I expect to receive payment?

From August 2022 we will endeavor to credit your SSE Airtricity account with your export consumption. This will then appear on your following statement.

From November 2022 payments will be credited onto your SSE account in the months of November and May. Once this credit is applied to your account, this will appear on or after your next invoice date . 

How will I receive my payment?

Your export data will be applied as a credit on your SSE Airtricity account. This payment will be credited towards your upcoming invoice and will appear as CEG Payment after the credit is applied to your account. 

What happens if I have Microgeneration installed at my property, but don’t have a smart meter installed?

For customers that are not yet eligible for a smart meter:

  • ESBN will provide a deemed (estimated) export
  • You must complete an NC6 form with ESBN

If a customer has refused or refuses the installation of a smart meter, then they will not be eligible for a deemed export profile. If a customer has refused or refuses the installation of a smart meter and now wants to avail of the scheme, they must request the installation of a smart meter, this can be done through their supplier or ESBN.

How do I view my exported electricity reading on my smart meter?

If you are a Microgen customer with a smart meter installed, you can read your total export of electricity. For this, press the left blue button on your smart meter 7 times until you see A- in the top right-hand side of the screen. This will display the kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy you’ve exported to the national electricity grid.

Please note that you don’t need to submit this reading to us.

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