You can now get a grant of up to €3,000 for home solar panels in Ireland. This adds to the huge savings on your electricity bills every month. Overall, the grant means there has never been a better time to go solar in Ireland. So watch the video below and read the article to learn all about solar panel grants in Ireland.
Is There a Grant for Solar Panels in Ireland?
Yes. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) provides grants up to €3,000 for home solar panels in Ireland.
Who Qualifies for the Grant?
- You house must have been built before 2011
- Your house must achieve a building energy rating of C3 or better after installing the panels*
- You must get your panels installed by an SEAI-registered contractor
*Houses built after 1970 and houses with modern insulation should achieve a C3 grade or higher. Installing solar panels typically boosts you grade by 1 or 2 steps. For example, from C1 to B3 or from C1 to B2.
What is the Grant Amount?
The solar panels grant in Ireland is based on the size of system that you install. In general, more panels means a higher grant. Adding a battery also increases your grant amount. Use our calculator to find out how much your grant will be:
Grant Amounts for Typical Solar Panel Systems
Here are the grant amounts for some typical solar panel systems:
- €1,800 for a small solar panel system without a battery
- €2,400 for a small solar panel system with a battery
- €3,000 for a large solar panel system with a battery
Solar Panel Grant Application Process
- Choose a solar panel installer and get a quote
- Enter your details on the SEAI grants portal
- Receive grant approval within a day or two
- Your installer will discount the grant from the solar panel price
- Get your solar panels installed
- Your installer will arrange a BER assessment
- Your installer will receive funds from the SEAI
Will I Definitely Receive My Grant?
Some Irish homeowners have had serious problems with non-payment of grants from the SEAI in recent years. Thankfully though, homeowners who get the solar panel grant no longer have to worry. This is because you can choose to have your grant paid directly to your solar panel installer. This way, you get the grant as an up-front discount on your solar panels. In other words, you’re now safe from any grant payment issues.
Do I Need Planning Permission to Get the Solar Panel Grant?
You do not need planning permission to get the solar panel grant. This is because planning permission is not something that the SEAI check for when assessing grant applications. This is true whether or not qualify for the solar panels planning permission exemption.
When Does the Solar Panel Grant End?
The SEAI have not given a definite end date for the solar panel grant scheme. However, with export payments starting in summer 2021, it’s very likely that the grant scheme will end in the near future. This is because EU state-aid rules would probably not allow grants and export payments to co-exist. Contact us for your solar panel quote today so you don’t miss out!
What if I Don’t Qualify For the Solar Panel Grant?
Grants can give a great boost to your solar energy investment. However, you can slash your electricity bills with solar even without a grant. Simply put, it makes sense for Irish homeowners to go solar, whether or not they qualify for the grant. This is because solar panels provide both a high return on investment and several other benefits that you might not have known about. Read Are Solar Panels Worth it in Ireland to learn more.
Other Things To Know About Solar Panel Grants Ireland
The SEAI provide many different grants to Irish homeowners. Thankfully, getting those other grants do not affect your eligibility for the solar panels grant.
If you have more than one house you can get a solar panel grant for every address that you own. This includes holiday homes and rental properties.