The SEAI Solar PV Pilot Grant
The government is keen to reduce Ireland’s CO2 emissions. To achieve this, they are offering grants up to €3,000 for solar PV systems. The exact amount you get depends on the size of your PV system and whether or not you decide to get a battery. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) manages the grant scheme and it will operate until the 31st of July, 2020. You’ll need to start looking into your PV installation well before that date to allow time for installation.
Who Qualifies for the Grant?
There are several conditions to qualify for the grant:
- Your house must have been built before 2011
- On completion of the installation, your house must achieve a C grade or better BER (Building Energy Rating). Most houses built from the 1980s onwards and houses with improved insulation should qualify.
- You must have your PV system installed by an SEAI registered solar PV installer.
Note that having received other grants from the SEAI does not prevent you from getting the solar PV grant. If you own more than one house you can receive a grant for each and every address that you own.
How Do I Apply?
Before filling out your grant application, you will need to choose a company to get your solar PV system from. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve found the right company and finalised the design of your PV system, you can apply for the grant on the SEAI website. Your installation company will guide you through the application process. A few days later you’ll receive approval from the SEAI and from there you’re all set to go ahead with your installation.
For more details see https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/solar-electricity-grant/