Did you know that there is a great way you can save money not only on your electric bill but in a way that allows you the freedom to be your own source of renewable energy? The answer can be found in solar PV panels. Solar PV panels feature photovoltaic (PV) cells that directly convert sunlight into usable electricity. This provides an excellent way to power, light, and possibly help to heat your home. In this article, we’re going to explore the number of benefits that come from having solar PV panels installed on your home, as well as what you need to know about how this installation process works.
First, let’s cover the basics. When it comes to the benefits of solar PV panels, there are a few basic rewards you can reap across the board. Solar PV panels generate free electricity for you to use in your home. As a result, you’re going to experience overall lower energy costs, which can save you a lot of money. There is currently a government grant for installing solar panels on your home so this can reduce the cost of installation as the grant may not always be there. And hopefully, the best is yet to come, later this year the government has announced that they will pay you for excess electricity sent back to the grid.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offers a grant to homeowners with homes that were built before 2011 that wish to install solar PV panels. With this grant, you can get €900 per kWp up to 2kWp, plus an additional €300 per kWp up to 4kWp if you get a battery with it and you get an additional €600 for installing the battery so the maximum grant available is currently €3,000.
While this may seem like a lot of information to process, the good news is that applying for this grant is easy. All you have to do is find an SEAI-registered company that will install the panels. Then, you’ll have to apply for the grant while your installer applies to ESB Networks (Electricity Supply Board) to inform them they will be connecting to their network, get your panels installed, and have a BER (Building Energy Rating Certificate) carried out post works (a minimum energy rating of C must be achieved). Then, your contractor submits a claim to SEAI. From there, allow SEAI up to six weeks to process and deliver your grant payment to you.
There are a number of other benefits to getting solar PV panels that are worth mentioning here that we haven’t gone over yet. A lot of these are practical and provide advantages to your situation:
The shift to alternative, renewable energy sources has become increasingly popular amongst Irish homeowners. When you’re ready to move forward with a solar panel installation, the team at Alternative Energy Ireland (AEI) can help.
Give us a call today at 01-4433996 to speak with an expert about getting this alternative energy installed in your home. We are Ireland’s longest-established renewable energy specialist. Established in 2007, our sole purpose has been to bring renewable energy to all homes in Ireland.
We are a 100% Irish-owned business that knows our trade inside and out, and we’re proud of it. We’ve built a reputation in Ireland for being experts in solar panel installations and being reliable, fast, tidy, and friendly. When you have a question about solar PV panels, our team is ready with an answer.