Ireland's Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D. has launched a new scheme to support domestic customers who install solar photovoltaic (solar PV) panels on their homes. For more information see the IDTechEx reports on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038 and batteries for residential, commercial, industrial and utility applications.
This pilot scheme will support the installation of solar PV panels for the generation and self-consumption of renewable electricity. The scheme will be grant aided and there will be additional grants available to those who install battery storage to capture the electricity they generate for use at a later date.
Announcing the grants for homeowners, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD said: "Turning your home into a renewable power station is now one step closer. Micro generation 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. With this grant that I am announcing today, a typical 3 bed semi-detached house would spend about €1,800 on a solar panel system and would save approximately €220 per year on their electricity bills. The Government is committed to helping citizens reduce their energy use and making clean energy cheaper and affordable to use. The introduction of a grant for household solar PV and further increases to home energy grant amounts demonstrates this commitment."
The Minister added: "The pilot scheme will be subject to a 6 month review at which time the costs of installation will be assessed and further opportunities to broaden this scheme to other groups and other technologies will be explored."
The scheme will be funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
"The solar PV grant will help build a stronger supply chain in Ireland and raise both awareness and experience of micro generation with homeowners. As we move towards a smarter grid, and a market that rewards increased participation of individuals and businesses, programmes such as this will help us to define the best pathway to a lower carbon future. Alongside the solar PV grant, increases in grant levels within our homes programmes will help to increase activity in homeowners reducing their energy demand, which remains the most cost effective way of enjoying the benefits of a more sustainable home." said Jim Gannon , SEAI Chief Executive.
The new scheme delivers on ambitions set out in the 2015 Energy White Paper with increased focus on citizens and communities as active participants, and agents of change in how we generate, transmit, store, conserve, and use our energy.
The grant is available for homes built and occupied before 2011 and a registered solar PV installer must be used.
Source and top image: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland