In recent years, the global focus on renewable energy has grown exponentially, and Ireland is no exception. As the world grapples with the effects of climate change, transitioning to sustainable energy sources has become a top priority. Solar energy, in particular, has gained prominence as a clean and efficient way to power homes and businesses. To encourage the adoption of solar panels, the Irish government has introduced various grants and incentives. In this post, we will explore the solar panel grants and incentives available in Ireland, helping you make an informed decision about your sustainable energy investment.


Understanding Solar Panels

Before delving into the grants and incentives, it’s essential to understand what solar panels are and how they work. Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels, are devices that convert sunlight into electricity. They are made up of solar cells that capture sunlight and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity can then be converted into alternating current (AC) to power your home or business.


Benefits of Solar Panels

Solar energy is abundant and clean, reducing air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, your carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels, therefore resulting in a healthier planet. Solar panels can also significantly reduce your electricity bills by generating your own electricity. By producing your electricity, you become less dependent on the grid and the fluctuating energy prices. Below, we explore the grants and incentives available in Ireland to support your transition to solar power.


Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Solar PV Grant

The SEAI offers a Solar PV Grant to residential and commercial property owners who wish to install solar panels. This grant provides financial assistance to cover a portion of the installation costs.

Residential properties can receive up to €900 per kilowatt-peak (kWp) installed, with a maximum grant of €3,000. Whereas, commercial properties can receive up to €300 per kWp installed, with a maximum grant of €2,000.

To qualify for the SEAI Solar PV Grant, your solar panels must be installed by a registered solar PV installer like LVP Renewables, and the installation must comply with SEAI guidelines.


Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA)

For businesses in Ireland, the ACA scheme provides a financial incentive to invest in energy-efficient equipment, including solar panels. Under this scheme, businesses can claim 100% of the capital expenditure on eligible energy-efficient equipment as a tax deduction in the year of purchase. This can lead to significant tax savings for businesses looking to install solar panels.


Home Renovation Incentive (HRI)

The HRI is a scheme that offers tax relief to homeowners for qualifying renovation and improvement work. Solar panel installations are eligible for this incentive, and homeowners can claim a tax credit of 13.5% of the qualifying expenditure, up to a maximum of €30,000.


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

While not specifically for solar panels, the RHI supports the installation of renewable heating systems, which can include solar thermal systems for hot water production. The RHI provides ongoing financial incentives to homeowners and businesses for using renewable heat sources, helping to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.


Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Grant

For community-based solar projects, the SEC Grant can be a valuable resource. This grant supports community initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainable practices. If you are part of a community organisation planning a solar project, consider applying for the SEC Grant to help fund your efforts.


Have Peace of Mind with Sustainable Energy Investment

Investing in solar panels in Ireland not only benefits the environment but also your wallet. With a range of grants and incentives available, both residential and commercial property owners have ample opportunities to make the switch to clean and renewable energy. The SEAI Solar PV Grant, ACA, HRI, RHI, and SEC Grant offer financial support and tax incentives to make your solar panel installation more affordable.

As you embark on your journey towards solar energy, it’s essential to work with qualified and registered solar panel installers like LVP Renewables to ensure that your installation meets all the necessary standards and guidelines. By taking advantage of these grants and incentives, you can contribute to a greener future for Ireland while enjoying the long-term benefits of solar power.

Simply get in contact with us today by giving us a call on +353 (0)1 8643838, sending us an email to [email protected] or by filling in the relevant information into our online contact form and we will get back to you promptly to provide you with further details on the relevant grants and incentives, as well as advise you on securing your required solar panels.