New schemes to pay households generating renewable energy

by Rachel Cunningham
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Minister for the environment, climate and communications, Eamon Ryan, has announced the launch of two new schemes intended to support households and communities in engaging with climate action, writes Rachel Cunningham.

The schemes will pay them for electricity that they export to the national grid, incentivising the household to function in a greener capacity. 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, wheel 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.

The Green Party’s spokesperson for climate action and environment and chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, Brian Leddin TD welcomed the announcement that householders would be paid for electricity that they produce.

He added: “This was a commitment in the programme for government and will support householders to generate their own electricity.

“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.”

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