Homeowners in Ireland can now access grants worth hundreds of euros to fund the installation of solar and energy storage systems as the government launches its first micro-generation scheme for the technology.
The grants will be for roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Initially, they will support “self-consumption” of electricity in domestic properties – the energy generated will not be fed into the national grid. However, it is envisaged the scheme will in time be rolled out to small businesses; community organisations, sports clubs and farmers.
This pilot scheme offers €700 per kWp of solar installed up to 2kWp, at which point any installation up to 4kWp must include a battery storage system for which a fixed €1,000 grant is now also available.
The minister for communications, climate action and environment Denis Naughten explained that a typical three-bed semi-detached home would spend about €1,800 on a solar panel system and save approximately €220 per year on their bills.
“Turning your home into a renewable power station is now one step closer. Microgeneration is an incredibly exciting space that will allow citizens in local communities to generate their own electricity and contribute towards Ireland’s climate action targets,” said the minister for communications, climate action, and environment Denis Naughten
Rather than incentivise the market via a tariff regime that encourages generation and export into the national grid, Ireland has sought to instill self-consumption as a key aim of its pilot grant scheme. To this end, batteries with a minimum storage capacity of 2kWh have been included when connected to a 2kWp system, up to 4kWp.
Homeowners with properties built and occupied before 2011 are eligible to apply for the grants via SEAI and, once approved, have six months to get the works completed by a registered contractor and claim the grant. The first set of funds will be awarded after October 2018. The pilot scheme will run until 31 December 2020.
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