Grant for Solar Panels – Solar PV
SEAI has announced a grant scheme for retrofitting solar PV to houses built before 2021. The grant is substantial at €900 per kw of solar panel installed up to 2 kWp with €300 per kWp for a another 2 kWp. This is a game changing grant for Irish households as it makes solar panels a realistic option for normal houses in Ireland. If you would like to generate your own clean electricity please get in touch.
Full details of the grant are listed here: https://glenergysolar.ie/solar-pv-grant-application-guide/
Solar PV Grant Highlights
- Houses built before 2021 are eligible – click here to check your eligibility
- €900 per kWp grant funding available for solar panel systems up to 2 kWp
- €300 per kWp grant funding for every additional kWp after that up to 4 kWp max.
- 4 kW solar pv systems are the maximum size that will be grant funded
- Battery Storage for solar panels is not grant aided
- More Info is here: SEAI Solar Panel Grant
Solar Panel Grant – SEAI Registered PV Installers
To qualify for the grant the installation must be carried out by an SEAI registered installer. Glenergy’s installers are fully registered with SEAI so our systems will qualify for the grant.
The new grant regime for solar panels has been widely welcomed by all those involved in the solar panel industry. It is estimated that 500,000 homes, 50,000 businesses, and 75,000 farms have suitable roof space to deliver up to 250mW electricity per year from roof-top solar panel installations. The solar panels grant will help in moving towards this.
Solar Panels Payback
Solar PV panels that produce electricity are a proven technology. The output is predictable and cost levels are more than attractive when compared to fossil fuels. Current payback for solar panel installations can be as low as seven and eight years in Ireland. This can be further reduced to five years with sufficient Government support.
Most importantly the solar panels grant will empower communities by supporting households and businesses to immediately install solar panels and thereby contribute to Ireland’s climate change targets. This will also reduce our exposure to expensive fines for missing our climate change targets.
Grant for Solar Thermal Panels
There is a substantial grant available from the SEAI for installing solar panels for heating water. The grants for solar panels are worth €1200 off the solar panels price – this is a fantastic deal and can bring the cost of installing solar panels down to the €3000 region.
Grant for Solar Thermal Panels Criteria
As with any grant there are a number of criteria to follow in order to be eligible for the grants for solar panels but typically it is a straightforward process. Listed below are the things to look out for to see if you are eligible but the best way to know for sure is to drop us an email or give us a call on 01 5563100 and we can talk through your options.:
- The house must have been built before 2007. This is because after 2007 building regulations required energy efficiency to be taken into account on a greater level so if you own a house that was built prior to this you will be require more remedial work to bring the efficiency level up – so the gran for solar panels is there to help.
- The floor area of the house dictates the size of the solar panels required – the bigger the house the bigger the size of the solar panel and cylinder. Call us to find out what system you need.
- The pipework on the existing cylinder is earthed appropriately with 10mm2 earth cable. We will need to earth the pipe the from the solar panels to this as well.
- It helps if there is a thermostat on the hot water cylinder regulating the central heating boiler input (i.e. the cylinder is a separate heating zone) . This is not a requirement but makes it easier to get the grant.
- Orientation of the panels. Solar panels facing south are best, South east and South west are fine too. If you are east west that is ok but we may have to install about 30% more surface area of solar panels to be eligible.
- The pitch of the roof. Anywhere between 15 and 65 degrees is technically fine but pitches of 30 – 50 degrees are best for solar panels. This is the pitch of most roofs in Ireland.
- The volume of the solar cylinder. Bigger cylinders hold more energy from solar panels. We supply the best options.
Solar Panels – SEAI Video on Solar panels and Heating Systems
Here is a handy video from SEAI talking about heating systems and the grants available. Information on grants for solar panels is about half way through.
There is also a grant available for solar thermal solar panels that provide heat for heating hot water.