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Benefits of solar electricity

Cheaper electricity bills

Generating your own renewable electricity will reduce your domestic electricity bills. This will make a big difference to your household running costs, allowing you to save for what really matters.

Improve your BER

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.

Reduce your emissions

Generating your own renewable electricity also has benefits for our environment. The energy you consume will be clean energy which cuts down on your greenhouse gas emissions.

What's involved?

A domestic solar PV system consists of a number of solar panels mounted to your roof (or in your garden) and connected into the electrical loads within your building.
The solar panels generate DC (direct current – like a battery) electricity, which is then converted from 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.The typical cost is €1,700 - €2,500 per kWp.

Grants Available

Solar PV €900 per kWp Up to 2kWp (6-7panels) and €300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp if you get a battery.

Who can apply?

Support is available to all owners of dwellings built and occupied before 2011. The homes energy performance following installation of solar panels must be BER C or better.

Questions to ask your selected Installer / Contractor

The optimum solution for your specific case should be discussed with the Contractor.

  • How much energy will the PV system produce in a year
  • What is the total cost
  • What are the ongoing service and maintenance costs
  • What warranty is provided
  • Is my roof and electricity demand suitable for PV
  • Is planning permission required

Your Installer should provide a specific design and payback for your house.