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The new solar energy support scheme — all the big questions answered

The Micro-generation Support Scheme will help farms and homes develop renewable energy, but how will it work, how much is it worth and who is eligible? And what will happen to other solar power grants? We put the key questions to Eamon Ryan’s Department

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A 50kWp system installation on a poultry farm in Co Monaghan. Photo: Local Power Ltd.

A 50kWp system installation on a poultry farm in Co Monaghan. Photo: Local Power Ltd.

Pat Smith

Pat Smith

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A 50kWp system installation on a poultry farm in Co Monaghan. Photo: Local Power Ltd.

With farmers braced for further electricity price hikes this year, it is timely that the Government has introduced new supports to assist farms, homes and businesses in developing renewable energy for self-consumption through solar systems.

At big-picture level, the Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS), announced last month by Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, aims to establish 380MW of installed micro-generation capacity, to contribute to a target of up to 2.5GW of solar renewables under the Climate Action Plan.


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