In general generators pay connection charges in four instalments. The payment schedule is as follows:
First Stage Payment: In accordance with CER/09/138 an initial non-refundable payment on acceptance of the Connection Agreement being the greater of 1 or 2 below:
- 10% of the Capital Contribution (including any estimated pass through costs at date of offer issue), or
- The lesser of €10,000 per MW of MEC or 50% of Capital Contribution (including any estimated pass through costs at date of offer issue).
Second Stage Payment: A second payment such that together with the first stage payment the combined payments total 65% of the required Capital Contribution including any known estimated Pass Through Costs. This payment is due within thirty business days of request for payment and must be made before construction of the Company's Connection Works begins.
Third Stage Payment: A third payment such that 90% of the required Capital Contribution (including any identified Pass Through Costs) has been recorded post the third stage payment. This payment is due within thirty business days of request for payment and one calendar month before the Connection Agreement Effective Date.
Final Stage Payment: The balance of the Total Capital Contribution (including any outstanding Pass Through Costs), any refunds due to other developers, the Distribution Use of System (DUoS) Customer or the Grid Upgrade Development Programme (GUDP) fund) when applying for data validation and before export data is sent by the Company to Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) for payment.