Generate Your Own Clean, Green, Renewable Electricity with Solar PV. By installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels your home can generate clean green renewable energy from daylight - a free and natural resource.
Learn more about Solar PV and the available grants to give you a greater understanding of the benefits before making an investment.
How Solar PV Works..
Our sun is the originator of almost all energy on the planet, and by using solar panels, you’re simply cutting out the “middle-men.”
The photovoltaic effect is a naturally occurring phenomenon where voltage and electrical current are created from exposure to light.
Each solar panel contains photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells convert photons into solar electricity by producing a direct current when sunlight hits the panels. But this is only the beginning. DC electricity can’t simply power your home. Some systems have one inverter for the entire setup or a microinverter for every panel. Either way, these inverters convert that direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC) to power your home.
Your newly generated electricity then runs through your meter to power your appliances. It functions just like electricity would from your utility, but without all of the negative side effects on the environment. Even so, you’ll still be connected to the local grid so you can automatically use traditional power should the need arise.
Staying connected to the grid comes with a few advantages, such as potential to share your clean energy and, if you don’t have a solar battery, tapping into traditional energy sources once the sun goes down. You might even be given a credit from your utility for sending your extra power to the grid.
How much does it cost to install a Solar PV system in Ireland?
The average cost of solar panel installation in Ireland is between €6,000 and €17,000. This sum will depend entirely on the factors of your home specifically. Factors such as roof area and aspect will be key in defining cost. CC Renewables works closely with their customers to create a bespoke PV system for their home. The SEAI Grant can help you save up to €2,400 on your solar panel installation. Contact us for more information on your eligibility.
Are Solar panels worth it in Ireland?
Thousands of people like you are going solar. But are solar panels worth it in Ireland? Solar panels can give you big savings on your electricity bills. And from June 2022, you can even earn money by selling surplus solar electricity to the grid.
Solar panels can produce power from either daylight or sunlight. But do we get enough light to make solar panels worth it in Ireland? The answer is that Ireland’s climate is much more favourable to PV solar than many people realise. Specifically, a medium-sized solar panel system generates around 4,000 units of electricity per year in Irish conditions. That’s enough to cover around 70% of the electricity use for an average Irish household, plus some excess to export to the grid on bright days. So yes, a modern solar panel system can give a very decent output in Ireland.
The more electricity you use, the more you can save. Typically, you can reduce your electricity bill by around 40-50% with solar panels and a power diverter (for hot water). Add a battery to boost your savings to 70% or more. These numbers are year-round estimates and will be higher in the summer and lower in the winter.
Do Solar panels in Ireland work well in winter?
The answer of course is, yes solar panels work in winter, but for obvious reasons, their output is lower than during the height of summer—days are shorter compared to summer, meaning that they are not exposed to the same amount of sunlight. That said, believe it or not, solar panels are actually more efficient in colder temperatures! The photovoltaic (PV) technology in solar panels is actually able to
more efficiently convert sunlight to power when they are colder.
Is planning permission needed for Solar panels in Ireland?
Generally speaking, no, you do not need planning permission for a solar system in Ireland. This applies when solar panels take up less than 12 square metres of room space (or less than 50% of total roof area.). This is roughly the size of a 6 panel system. We guide you on the planning process. Our free site survey will determine the specifics of your solar panel installation.
What is the lifespan of Solar panels?
After 25 years, solar panels will be at about 80% efficiency on average. So rest assured that they will last long into the future, provided you choose an experienced team like us to help you through the process.
Do Solar panels need maintenance?
Luckily in Ireland, we have slanted rooves and receive a large amount of rainfall per year which aids us in solar panel maintenance through the clearing of debris from the solar panels’ surfaces. Monitoring debris on your solar panels is key in maintaining of their effectiveness. We recommend you clear debris 2-4 times per year. All-in, solar panels are very easy to maintain, just make sure you try to keep dirt and debris off their surface to ensure maximal efficiency.
Get the ball rolling on Solar PV with CC Renewables
The first step to take, is having a look at your electricity usage to have a rough idea on what size system might suit you best. Here at CC Renewables we like to maximise the roof/ground space as much as possible and give our customers the best possible Solar PV system. Once we have finalised a system to suit your needs, we then look to getting approval for the grant, which we are more than happy to help with however customers can apply themselves as the SEAI grant process is extremely user-friendly. When everyone is happy to go ahead with the install, CC Renewables aims to get to their customers within a matter of weeks (all weather depending!) to ensure that you get your system installed as promptly as possible. After the install is complete, we will then begin to fill in our section of the grant process and get the grant back to you as soon as we can!
The SEAI is offering grants of up to €2,400 towards the cost of a Domestic Solar PV system.
How to apply for a Solar PV Grant
The application for the grant can be made here
Who can apply?
Support is available to all owners of dwellings built and occupied before 2011 and where SEAI have not previously provided support for solar PV system at that address.
The homes energy performance following installation of solar panels must be BER C or better