Can You Get a Grant for Solar Panels in Ireland?

Joe Brennan
Feb 9, 2023

Are you considering switching to a more sustainable and cost-effective energy solution for your home? If you are, you might be wondering, “Can you get a grant for solar panels?” Well, you’re in luck because the answer is a resounding yes in Ireland!

This comprehensive guide will delve into the details of solar panel grants, including eligibility, grant amounts, system sizing, and the application process. Stick around, and let’s illuminate the path to a greener future together!

Grants at a Glance

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) runs an initiative known as the Solar PV Grant, designed to support homeowners in transitioning to renewable energy sources. The grant aids in offsetting the costs of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on your property. The goal is to promote clean energy use, reduce carbon emissions, and help homeowners lower their electricity bills. Going Solar, a premier solar panel installation company in Ireland is here to help you navigate the complexities of the solar grant process. We’re committed to ensuring you leverage this amazing opportunity to its fullest.

Am I Eligible for a Grant?

To qualify for a solar PV grant, you must:

  • Be the owner of a dwelling built and occupied before 2011.
  • Use a solar installation company—like Going Solar—registered with the SEAI.
  • Have the dwelling’s BER (Building Energy Rating) assessed after the solar panel installation. We can assist you with this!

How Much is the Grant Worth?

The value of the grant depends on the capacity of your installed solar PV system. The grant is structured to provide:

  • €900 per kWp for the first 2 kWp of installed capacity. This means that if you install a 2 kWp system, you’ll receive a grant of €1800.
  • An additional €300 for every kWp between 2 and 4 kWp. So, if you install a 3 kWp system, you’ll receive €2100, and for a 4 kWp system, the grant would total €2400.

The total solar PV grant is capped at €2400, attainable at 4 kWp or above.

How Do I Find Out What Sized System Would Be Most Appropriate for My Home?

The size of the solar PV system you need for your home depends on your household’s energy consumption. Factors such as the number of occupants, the types of electrical appliances used, and your lifestyle can influence your energy needs. Our experts at Going Solar can perform a detailed analysis of your energy consumption patterns and suggest the most suitable system size for your home. We’ll consider your energy requirements, the available roof space, and the home’s orientation to the sun to ensure optimal performance of the installed system.

What Costs Are Covered Under the Solar PV Grant?

The Solar PV Grant covers the costs of buying and installing solar PV panels. This includes the panels’ expense, the inverter that transforms the generated DC electricity into usable AC form, the mounting hardware to place the panels on your roof securely, and the labour costs associated with a professional installation. VAT associated with these elements is also part of the grant.

Does the Solar PV Grant Cover the Cost of Batteries or Immersion Diverters?

No, the Solar PV Grant does not cover the costs of batteries or immersion diverters. The grant’s primary focus is to assist with the costs of purchasing and installing solar PV panels. While batteries and immersion diverters can enhance a solar PV system’s effectiveness by storing excess energy, the SEAI’s grant scheme currently does not cover these components.

How Do I Apply for a Solar PV Grant?

Applying for a solar PV grant may seem daunting at first glance, but with Going Solar at your side, we can make it a breeze. Here are the steps involved:

Get a Quote

The first step is to get a quote from a registered contractor like Going Solar. We provide a detailed breakdown of costs and potential energy savings to help you make an informed decision.

Apply Online

Once you have the quote, you can apply online through the SEAI website. The application process requires some basic information about you and your home.

Grant Approval

After the application is submitted, you’ll receive a grant offer. This offer needs to be accepted within 30 days.

Solar PV Installation

Upon acceptance of the grant offer, you have eight months to complete the solar PV installation. Our team at Going Solar ensures a seamless installation process, adhering to the highest industry standards.

Post-Installation Report

After the installation, a post-installation report must be submitted to SEAI. This report confirms that the installation has been completed as per the grant offer.

Receive Your Grant

Once the post-installation report is accepted, the grant payment will be made directly to your bank account.

What Information Do I Need to Apply?

To apply for a solar PV grant, you will need the following information:

  • Your MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number): This is a unique number that identifies your property’s electricity connection. You can find it on your electricity bill.
  • Your bank details: This is where the grant will be paid once your application is approved and the installation is complete.
  • The quote from your registered solar installer: This should detail the size and cost of your proposed solar PV system.

Get Your Solar Panel Grant with Going Solar

Are you still wondering, “Can you get a grant for solar panels?” The answer is simply ‘yes,’ and Going Solar is here to help you through the process. As a trusted solar installation partner, we’ll guide you through the grant application and ensure a smooth, professional solar panel installation tailored to your needs. Take the first step towards a greener future. Contact Going Solar today and let us help you harness the power of the sun with the assistance of the SEAI Solar PV grant.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get a Solar PV System Larger Than 4 kWp?

Yes, you can install a solar PV system larger than 4 kWp. However, the SEAI grant is capped at a system size of 4 kWp. For systems larger than 4 kWp, you’ll need to cover the additional costs.

Does the Grant Only Cover Roof-Mounted Solar PV Panels?

The SEAI grant is applicable for roof-mounted solar PV panels. The grant aims to promote solar energy use in residential settings, and roof-mounted panels are the most common installation type for these environments.

Do I Need Planning Permission to Install Solar Panels to Get Grant Approval?

In most cases, planning permission is not required to install solar panels in residential dwellings. However, certain limitations and conditions, such as panel size and location, must be met to be exempt from planning permission. It’s always a good idea to confirm with your local planning authority.

Can I Change My Mind on What System I Am Installing After Grant Approval?

Yes, but any changes to the system will need to be approved by the SEAI. This is because the grant amount is based on the size and cost of the proposed system. If you wish to change the system after the grant approval, it’s best to contact the SEAI or a professional from Going Solar for guidance.

Can I Begin My Installation While Waiting for My Grant to Be Approved?

You can start the installation process while waiting for your grant approval. However, it is not advisable. The grant is contingent on the SEAI approving your proposed system, and starting the installation beforehand might lead to complications if the grant is not approved. We recommend waiting for grant approval before starting the installation.

Will I Receive the Grant Before Installing My Solar PV System?

No, the grant is paid after the solar PV system is installed and the post-installation report is approved by the SEAI. This ensures that the grant is used for its intended purpose and that the installation meets the SEAI’s requirements.

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Joe Brennan, the founder of Going Solar, is dedicated to making solar power mainstream in Ireland and meet SEAI objectives. With a focus on affordability and sustainability, he is bringing renewable energy solutions to homes, reducing costs & environmental impact.