Grants for solar panels of up to €3000 are available in Ireland. The grant is towards the cost of buying and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and battery energy storage systems. The maximum grant amount was originally €3800 – but it was reduced to €3000 in 2020.
The current grant scheme is due to end in Dec 2020 but we expect it to be extended.
A solar PV system consists of solar panels mounted on the roof of your house which generate electricity . You can also add a battery storage system to store any excess energy generated for use when the sun isn’t shining.
A 1kWp solar PV system would require 3 or 4 solar panels on your roof. The generated electricity feeds any electrical loads in your home, and any excess can be stored in a battery.
Sell Your Excess Electricity.
Energia is running a scheme where they will pay you for any excess electricity you return back to the grid at a rate of 7.4c per kWh. This is paid out as a credit on your bill every January and July. You have to have the solar equipment installed by Energia to get this deal. The price plan is called “Grid” . Find out more at Energia
Note: This grant scheme does not cover solar panels that just produce hot water. There are grants of up to €1200 for that.
The grant amounts for solar PV systems are:
- €900 per kWp up to a maximum of 2kWp.(kWp means kilowatt-peak).
- €300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp if you get a battery.
- €600 for battery installation
if you install a 4kW solar PV system and a battery system, For 4kWp: You will receive a €2400 grant for 4kWp solar panels plus €600 grant for the battery system. Total grant €3000
It is estimated that fitting a typical solar PV system of 2kWp would cost around €4000 to €5000 – You can get a grant of €1800 for 2kWp solar panels (ie 6/7 solar panels). –
On average such a PV system should save about €280 a year in household electricity charges – giving a payback time of 8 to 9 years on average .
Tip: Another quick way to cut your electricity bills is to switch supplier. See our page on the Cheapest Electricity Deals to see how average users could cut bills by around €300 in one year.
Solar Grant Rules –
Your home must have been built in 2010 or earlier.
You must use a registered contractor from the SEAI’s Renewable Installers Register for Solar PV.
Grants are paid after the work is completed.
You can find out more about grants and apply here