Solar Electricity Grant / Solar PV
Many of us often use the term “solar panel” as a catch-all term for solar generated energy. However, generally there are two types of solar panels that you can install in your home; solar thermal collectors (as discussed above) to heat water exclusively and solar photovoltaic (PV) modules which are used to generate free direct current (DC) electricity for multipurpose use.
Solar PV panels are the rooftop solar panels you see on homes and businesses. They turn daylight into free electricity and provide you with free energy and free electricity to power various electrical appliances in your home.
A domestic solar PV system consists of a number of solar panels mounted to your roof (or in your garden) which are connected into the electrical loads within your building. The solar panels generate DC (direct current – like a battery) electricity, which is then converted in an inverter to AC (alternating current – like the electricity in your domestic socket). Solar PV systems are rated in kilowatts (kW). A 1kW solar PV system would require 3 or 4 solar panels on your roof.
Any excess electricity produced can be stored in a battery, or other storage solution like your hot water immersion tank. It can also be exported from your house into the electrical network on your street.
What are the benefits of a solar PV system?
Free electricity of course! A solar PV system will reduce the electricity you currently purchase from your supplier and save you money. The SEAI advise maximising the amount of solar electricity you use in your home by sizing the solar PV system to meet your demand, and by using energy storage solutions.
On average, a solar PV system can save you between €200-€300 per year on your domestic electricity bill.
By investing in solar PV, you will also be making an impact on the BER of your home. When it comes to selling your home, a higher BER will add value and help you achieve a higher sale price.
What is the value of the SEAI’s solar PV grant?
The SEAI offers €900 for every kWp up to a maximum of 2kWp. Any installation over 2kWp must install a battery. The authority also offers a grant of €600 for a battery storage system.
You’ll get €300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp if you get a battery. For example for 3kWp you will receive €2,100 for 3kWp solar panels plus €600 for the battery system.
Who can apply for a solar PV grant from the SEAI?
There is a short eligibility form that grant seekers can fill out to see if they’re eligible for the solar PV scheme on the SEAI’s website.
Support is available to all owners of dwellings built and occupied before 2011.
Did you know you can claim up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle home charger unit? Any private owner who buys an eligible EV from 01/01/2018 is eligible to apply for this grant.