Solar Electric are pleased to see the commitment of this government to the Climate Action Plan.
The SEAI pilot grant for Solar PV is working well for homeowners. More than 500 have signed up for the scheme that is designed to support self-consumption by paying up to €3800 for Solar + Storage installations.
The commitment in the Climate Action Plan to a “feed in tariff” where customers are paid for export at a rate equivalent to the wholesale price or better is very welcome. Customers will no longer concern themselves with summer time “spill” on to the grid. More systems will be built up to the 6 kWp – 20 module – maximum.
If a “feed in tariff” could be extended to schools, where 5 day a week usage and summer closures mean Solar PV is not yet viable, that would be a real step forward. Schools could benefit from an income stream for the exported electricity and pupils would see renewable energy in action.
Rapid growth in the electric car market will drive forward Solar PV sales. Owners wishing to travel CO2 free kilometres will install Solar PV together with home chargers.
The commitment to heat pumps is more good news. Heat pumps can add 4000 kWh to household electricity consumption and this is best offset with a Solar PV installation.