Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation: Closure of the scheme to large onshore wind (>5MW)


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This guidance document is for operators of large onshore wind generating stations (>5MW) affected by the closure of the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) scheme to onshore wind >5MW on 1 April 2016. This closure is brought into effect by the Renewables Obligation Closure Order (Northern Ireland) 2016.

The closure applies to new generating stations and any additional capacity. Operators of generating stations that meet certain criteria may be eligible for one of the five grace periods that are available, meaning that they can apply for accreditation until 31 December 2018.

This document was updated on 14 October 2016 to correct some typing errors.

This document was further updated on 13 March 2017 to remove the words “on or before the primary date” from the grid works agreement row of Table 2.

This document was further updated on 20 December 2017 after consulting on amending the “Declaration of grid or radar delay condition” and the “Declaration of investment freezing condition” templates. The consultation response document is published here.