Generate your own electricity
Consume smartly, produce smartly
The energy generated by solar panels or that is otherwise self-generated is taken up at the point of consumption. If own production is not enough, you need to buy electricity from the grid.
As a small producer, you reduce the energy costs of your home
You are a small producer if the net capacity of your production equipment is up to 10 MW.
Traditionally, the capacity of the production equipment of a home or business is less than 1 MW. However, if your production unit has a capacity of more than 1 MW, you need to apply to the Competition Board for a license to produce electricity.
Being a small producer
If you sell electricity to Eesti Energia under a small producer contract, the purchase price will be based on the Variable Package, based on Nord Pool Spot power exchange prices minus the margin agreed in the contract. We also advise the small producer to choose the Variable package as a consumer contract package as in such a case both consumption and production take place under similar conditions.
If you have joined the universal service, it does not affect your production contract – you can still sell the produced energy at the exchange price.
Contract and billing
What should be taken into account when concluding a small producer contract?
In order to sell the electricity left over from production, it is necessary to sign a small producer contact. An energy contract can only be concluded with the same energy seller from whom you buy electricity for your own use. If you supply electricity to the grid without an energy contract, the network operator to whose grid your electricity generating device is connected will receive it free of charge. The energy contract of a small producer is valid together with the consumption contract. Upon termination of the electricity consumption contract with the energy seller, the energy contract will also be terminated.
How is billing process done?
The purchase prices for the resale of the produced electricity to the grid are based on the stock exchange prices in the Nord Pool Estonia area, from which we deduct the margin agreed in the contract. We obtain data on the quantities of electricity produced and supplied to the grid from Elering's data warehouse. We will bill you for the consumed electricity according to the price package agreed in the contract.
For a non-VAT residential customer, electricity generation does not complicate billing. The final balance of the electricity transmitted to the network and consumed from the network will occur automatically and is reflected in your monthly Eesti Energia account.
As a small producer, self-employed persons and companies subject to VAT have the right to add VAT to electricity price. To do this, an invoice for the sale of produced electricity must be submitted to Eesti Energia at the end of each month. Eesti Energia will provide you with information on the electricity consumed from the network in advance.
How to prepare an electricity sales invoice for Eesti Energia?
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The electricity sales invoice must contain the contact details of you or your company, the details of Eesti Energia as the recipient of the invoice, the name, quantity and price of the product. It is also important to indicate the sales period and the metering point code on the invoice.
Example: Electricity supplied to the grid 01 - 03.2019. EIC code of the metering point 38ZEE-00744508-W.
Please send the invoice to [email protected]
How to produce electricity and sell it as a small producer?
Procure the production equipment
The production unit may be a solar panel, a wind turbine, or a generator.
Sign a network contract and a small producer's subscription agreement.
Eesti Energia will install and configure the equipment to measure the amount of energy consumed and returned to the grid.
Small producer energy contract
If you want to sell excess electricity back to the network, we will also sign a small producer energy contract with you.
An energy contract can only be concluded with the energy trader from whom you buy electricity for your own use. If you provide electricity to the network without an energy contract, the network operator will accept it for free. Upon termination of the electricity consumption contract with the energy trader, the energy contract will also terminate.
Produce yourself and benefit your business
You are a large producer when you produce electricity for sale and the capacity of your production equipment is over 1000 kW. In order to sell electricity, it is necessary to connect the production unit to the electricity grid and sign a network contract with the network operator.
We recommend contacting your local distribution company to connect a unit with a capacity of less than 5 MW to the electricity grid. Contact the transmission system operator Elering to connect a production unit with a capacity of more than 5 MW to the electricity grid.
If the capacity of the production unit is more than 1 MW, the Competition Authority must be approached for a license to produce electricity.
How to sell electricity to the network as a large producer?
If you want to sell electricity to Eesti Energia as a large producer, you need to first sign a contract. The purchase prices of electricity depend on the market price of CO2, the volume of electricity purchased as well as the accuracy of its prognosis.
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