The NIRO scheme closed to micro-NIRO wind, on 1 July 2016. The NIRO closes to all technologies from 1 April 2017. If you commission and submit a NIRO application to us before 1 April 2017 you will receive existing ROC support levels. After this new stations, or additional capacity, must be eligible for a grace period to be accredited – please see our guidance on wind and other technologies for details on the grace periods available. 

What is an agent?

An agent, as defined in the Renewables Obligation Order 2009, can be appointed only to act on behalf of the operator of a generating station with a declared net capacity of 50kW or less (a microgenerator). Once appointed, an agent carries out all the functions of the operator.

What does an agent do?

An agent can complete the following on behalf of a generating station:

  • seek accreditation and manage amendments
  • deal with queries raised by Ofgem
  • sign declarations
  • collect and submit output data
  • claim NIROCs & REGOs.

Do I need to appoint an agent?

No. This is the choice of the owner of the generating station. You are also able to apply for the scheme as an individual (see Apply for the RO for more details) or by using a third party. Third parties are not considered to be agents unless they are appointed under the provisions set out in the Renewables Obligation Order 2009 (as amended).

How do I appoint an agent?

Once you have approached an agent you need to fill in and sign the agent appointment form in order for the agent to act on your behalf. Once this has been submitted to us by your chosen agent, and we are happy that the form is filled out correctly, we will consider the appointment complete.

How do I become an agent?

In order to become an agent, you will need to create an 'agent account' on the Renewables and CHP Register. You can then add your generating stations to this. More information on the steps to do this can be found in our guidance for agents.

Need help?

Email or phone 0207 901 7310 and choose option 2 for the Renewables team.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 13th Jul 2016
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
A letter to industry on the reduction of Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) support for new micro (<50kW) solar PV stations under the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) from October 2016.

  • Published: 20th Aug 2013
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This form is to be completed by an operator of a generating station to notify Ofgem that an agent has been appointed to act on its behalf

  • Published: 1st May 2013
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document provides guidance for agents, or prospective agents, wishing to act on behalf of operators of renewable microgenerators under the Renewables Obligation.