Solar Panel Grants: Making Renewable Energy Affordable to Homeowners

Solar energy has become popular throughout the world. With its ability to deliver powerful amounts of energy at an unlimited supply, and with the ability to do it all at a very affordable rate, there’s no questioning that having solar panels installed is the way to go.

That being said, the initial purchase and installation of solar panels can be more than a bit costly. In fact, the average installation easily costs thousands of dollars per building. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to get the solar panels that you needed without the outstanding initial costs?

With solar panel grants, it’s actually possible to do this! These solar grants allow you to get your hands on the panels that your home needs without breaking your budget. So what are these grants and how can you qualify for one? This article has the answers that you seek. Keep reading to find out more!

What Are Solar Panel Grants?

As said earlier, solar panels can be on the pricier side in concerns to initial purchase and installation. Fortunately, the panels pay for themselves over time thanks to the incredible amount of money they’ll help you save, but you’ll still have to take care of initial costs, and many people don’t like the idea of dealing with such spending all on their own.

Solar grants provide the answer to this problem. These grants are normally offered by solar companies, but under certain conditions, they can also be offered through a governmental service. In either case, these grants would be used to help you manage the costs associated with buying solar panels by helping you finance or greatly reduce the price you pay.

How Do I Qualify?

In most cases, qualifying for a loan is quite easy!

You can get a grant from the government by applying to SEAI. They will determine how much you need based on the amount and type of solar panels you’re applying for. Most solar panel installation companies will assist you with the application process to make it easy for you to get the grant that you need for your panels, so you’ll be saving money on your installation and using solar energy before you know it!

Get the Solar Panels You Need

Now that you know about solar panel grants, you’re going to want to get your grant so you can buy your panels for your home. That said, you need to go to a company that you can trust to get you the panels you need that work for your needs. We’re the right ones for you.

At Solar Electric, we make sure to give our customers solar panels that are perfect for their needs for an affordable price. We offer panel options that work for domestic, agriculture, and commercial situations, as well as plenty of solar panel grants that will help make your panel purchase affordable.

Ready to get started? Browse through our website to see what we have to offer, or use our solar calculator to find out how much you can save. We look forward to working with you!

Hop on board the SOLAR revolution: You know it makes cents

As with everything in life simple is best and when it comes to engineering the Germans are the masters of efficiency.

We use the Sonnen Batterie, a high-tech storage system designed in Germany that continues to prove its worth in thousands of homes – every day. The combination of a PV system and a Sonnen Batterie will allow you to cover 75 per cent of your yearly energy requirement with self-produced, clean energy.

Since your energy is being generated on your roof and not by some anonymous energy provider, you are more independent than ever before.  Safe, clean and “Made in Germany”, this is the batterie you want.

A quick call to us in our offices located near Enniscorthy will be your first step in getting clean, cost effective solar power for you and your family, including a Sonnen Batterie.  We will ask for your Eircode which will enable us to look at your roof and figure out immediately what kind of system will fit there. We can give you some idea about the type of system that will suit you within a few days. You have the added security of our lifetime warranty and our after sales service which is second to none if we do say so ourselves.

We are responsive and operate from a sensible cost base outside of Enniscorthy in Co Wexford. We are not in some massive fancy pants office in the centre of Dublin so no hidden costs are passed on to you, our clients. As we do everything from solar PV, solar battery storage, to car chargers, we are your one stop solar power shop.  Whether you’re a principal trying to do impossible maths at budget time or a farmer looking to cut costs in a challenging environment, we are here to help. We cover domestic, residential, companies, commercial and industrial and public sector projects and have a proven track record in each of these fields. And remember there are grants available to help you to improve energy efficiency in your home.

The breakout year for our company came in 2014 as we participated in the largest Solar PV project in Ireland. The project was led by Tipperary Energy Agency on behalf of Tipperary County Council and involved the design, installation and maintenance of up to 199kW of PV panels and associated works on 11 Tipperary public buildings in order to eliminate base load energy use.  In the intervening years, Solar Electric has continued to lead the Irish Solar PV market, installing more solar panels than any of our competitors and helping our customers to reduce their electricity bills by up to 50 per cent.

So hop on board this Spring and join the solar energy revolution – you know it makes perfect cents.

Solar Electric Ventures to Carlow (Interview)

Mary Anne: At 6 o’clock now, I’m joined in the studio by Robert Goss from a company called Solar Electric and you’re Wexford based.  The company is, anyway.  Not you Robert but – yeah.

Robert: Yes, I commute from Thomastown over the hill trough Kiltealy, outside Enniscorthy to a place called Killane. So, I have the most beautiful commute.

Mary Anne:  Oh lovely! It is a really idyllic area.

Robert: Yes – yes, that is correct, yeah.

Mary Anne: Absolutely.  So, Solar electric you’re going to venture over the border into Carlow next week for the Ploughing Championships.  You’re setting up there. You might tell us a little bit about the company itself and what you do.

Robert: Yes, Solar electric was started 2011-2012 by Tom Foley who is my business partner.  We’ve been in the domestic and industrial solar PV business since then. And solar PV, as you probably know, not the solar hot water systems of old but the solar panels on your roof that make electricity. We’ve been, fortunately, successful locally and across the country with domestic solar and in very big projects like those for the Defense Forces – those for big bakeries and so forth.

Mary Anne:  That’s fantastic. And you were just telling me that you were in Germany recently looking at a specific type of battery that you now have an offer for people.  Basically, it’s storing energy during the day – releasing it at night.

Robert:  That’s exactly right, Mary Anne.

Mary Anne:  Bring in the tech stuff.

Robert:  Yeah, so.  It sounds technical but it’s simply not.  The whole great thing about solar is that it makes electricity during the day. So, obviously during daylight hours. That’s fantastic for people who are home during the day.  People who are doing their washing during the day.  People who are using electricity to, maybe to, heat up water. But there’s a whole lot of other people who are going out to work during the day to pay the mortgage.  And for those people, it makes a lot more sense to have a battery.  And we import the Sonnen battery from Bavaria.

And we’ve been working with Sonnen now since 2016 – with this battery.  And what that does really is, it will store up the free daytime electricity and then give you electricity through the evening that you’ve stored up. So, it performs that task of storing up power for you to use later. And really, if you have a big enough battery it probably won’t run out until 8 o’clock tomorrow morning.

Mary Anne: Until up to a few years ago I’m just thinking, now you know, in terms of solar technology, it was very rare that you would see people who had solar panels on their roofs, or in their gardens or in their sheds or wherever they were.  But now you see it quite often. Have you seen a big increase in the last few years in sales for people looking for that kind of technology?

Robert:  Absolutely! So, the new houses that are being built nearly always have it.  But we’ve had some great customers here. I can remember Dr. Murphy down by the Noor in the city centre. But he was an early adopter, someone who was interested in renewable energy. There were enthusiasts at the start but now it has become round in the mill. A bit like electric cars.  They used to be just a thing for people who really were into it. But now it’s become a widespread thing.

Maryanne:  All right. Okay.  And what kind of customers are you getting then?  Are you getting a lot of people who want them on their houses?  Are you getting businesses?  More so, people looking to set up farms?

Robert:  Yeah, the main customer group at the moment is domestic, in terms of volume.  And there are people who are saying “Look, I have a little bit of money saved up. I get nothing for that in the Credit Union.  Nothing for that if I put it on deposit.   What I can do with this money is I can buy electricity for the future.  Electricity is probably got the [inaudible] price with the carbon taxes and one thing or another.  So, they feel if they put solar panels on their roof, whether it’s a simple installation for around about 5000 euros and they get a 1400 grant. Or whether it’s something bigger with a battery which might cost them twice that. People are investing in solar if you like.

Maryanne: Okay. And I see you’re working in a number of schools then as well at the moment and around the place as well.

Robert:  That’s the most exciting project.  I’ve been very lucky to work with the Tipperary energy agency and friends of the earth on the solar for school’s project.  They called it “Hands up for Solar!” which was the friends of the earth’s campaign. We have got 5 schools to do. One in Northline which is to be the first one in Dublin. But the most exciting one of all is in Inishmaan on the iron islands.  And I went there last Friday for the first time in my life and boy, what a place.

Maryanne: It’s beautiful isn’t it?

Robert: Absolutely fantastic! Yeah, and welcoming people. And people are very into green technology. So, it was a great day for me to talk to the school children to measure up and of course taking great care to measure up and of course taking great care to measure up because we’re not going to find an electrical wholesaler on Inishmaan.

Mary Anne:  Hopefully not.

Robert:  So, we got to go over everything we need when we go and install.

Mary Anne:  All right.  Okay. And this – the battery you’re telling me about.  The Sonnen battery people will be able to get that now.  It might be a little bit pricey at the moment.  But then you were talking about the – you were talking about the virtues of the grants that are available now.

Robert: Yeah.  We’ve got a really forward-thinking approach, I think, from sustainable energy authority.  You know, they’ve got a specific grant for batteries, and that’s really the idea that if you have solar in your house, SEAI would like you to consume everything you make and not spill it back to the grid. So, the batteries are an important part of that. And thus, we’ve got the guys from Sonnen coming over to the show.  They’re arriving in the UK.  Well, actually the installing guys – the stand builders are here today putting the stand-up.  But we’ve got some guys coming over from Bavaria on Monday to help us.  So, they’ll be the technical experts if some of us from the UK and Ireland can’t help you.

Mary Anne:  All right, okay. So, you’ll be able to find – oh sorry – people will be able to find you out there, at the ploughing championships for the three days anyway.  For Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Robert:  yes.  I’m working the 3 days – stand 585.  We’re closer to the yellow car park down the bottom I’ve learned.  We’re actually pretty close to the catering which is great.  If you want a cup of coffee or burger.

Mary Anne:  It’s okay.  You must be getting queries from people all the time about, you know, the benefits really of solar energy.  is it cheaper?  It is cheaper obviously in the long run.  it must be.

Robert: Well, yeah.  It’s a very straight forward story. you’re paying around about 20 cents for electricity during the daytime in this country. And we can substitute that electricity with an investment say – of around – if you’re investing 5000 and then maybe getting a grant off that so it’s taking you back to 3 and a half.  That will pay itself back on that electricity that you saved in around about 7 years. So, it’s a good story.  Nothing’s for nothing. You have to make an investment but you’re certainly getting that money back pretty quickly.

Mary Anne: and there’s a great – you have a great website as well coz I was looking at it before we came on air there. And you can have a look at the projects that you’ve already completed and all about the company and stuff like that and where to get in touch when as well.

Robert:  Yeah, have a look at We’ve got a solar calculator on there.  So, if you put in your address and your EIR code and some idea of the electricity that you’re using.  We can start to think about a recommendation for the right size.  We want you to have the right size PV system for your use.  We’re all different.  You know, some of us are doing washing twice a day. some of us have a heat pump in the house or these new technologies. Some of us have an electric car.  So, for those people they’ll need more – more electricity. So, we’d like to know a bit more about our customers and then respond with the right offer.

Mary Anne:  Fantastic!  Really, really interesting, Robert.  And I wish you the best of luck with the Ploughing Fair for the next week.

Robert: Thanks, Mary Anne.  I think I may have to take a rest for a weekend in preparation.

Mary Anne:  I’d say you might and the weekend after that as well. But Robert Goss, from Solar electric.  Thanks very much for calling in and of course as he said people can find a little bit more about you online or just call to you at the ploughing Block 3, Row 25, stand 585 and we’ll get that out again if people miss.


Solar PV Tips to Great Savings and Clean Living


Are you a sun worshiper?  Do you love saving money?

As Ireland’s biggest supplier of solar panels based here in the Sunny South East, we like to think we know a thing or two about solar energy and saving money.

So, why consider solar panels for your home or business? How much time do you have?

For one our company can offset 50 per cent of your electricity demand annually with our solar panels and battery storage.  The great news is that for 2020 there is an SEAI grant available which can save you up to €3,000 on solar panels for your home.  From July 31, 2018, a new micro generation scheme to support domestic customers who install solar photo-voltaic (solar PV) panels on their homes was launched.

A typical house uses 5,000 kw hours of electricity annually. Solar Electric will help you pair that back by up to 50 per cent. Every one of those kilowatt hours is costing you 20c plus VAT.

We are all about being smart when it comes to electricity use. When you decide to use solar PV electricity you are buying less from the grid. Solar PV output is incredibly predictable on a yearly basis. There is little output in the winter due to the shorter days and massive output from spring to late October.

Basically you won’t cook the Christmas turkey using solar and will be buying your electricity from the grid but in spring, summer and autumn your electricity will be mainly from our solar panels.  Across the year we aim to offset 50 per cent of your demand. Through spring to the end of October a large proportion of the consumption of the house is provided by solar electricity. The upside is you will quickly see your electricity bill reduce by between 40 per cent and 50 per cent.

If you are working for home, retired, have small children or are elderly and spend a lot of time at home, you can use the electricity as it’s produced so there is no need for anything extra.  You have the option to go for a hot water diverter which takes midday electricity and diverts power, putting it into the immersion heater. Ideal as a lot of people turn off their oil during the summer so you can use the solar PV and putting it into the immersion heater.

If you are out of the house most of the day, a Sonnen Battery sits between the solar panels and your fuse board and it manages all those functions, taking in the electricity when you are using less than you are producing, and when you are producing less than you are using it discharges into the system.  So from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. your house is run on the solar electricity stored up during the day.

So why not join the solar revolution and get plugged in to great savings and clean living?

Solar Panel Grants In Dublin: Considerations


Everyone wants to save money, and going solar is an excellent way to do that. You can have unique panels installed on your house to suck up the sunlight and store it for energy. Not only will you save money by doing this, but you may also qualify for solar panel grants in Dublin. This money is given to you to help you buy and install your solar PV system, as well as some battery energy storing systems. However, this grant scheme is only available through 2020, so you need to act quickly.

A solar photovoltaic system features solar panels that are mounted onto the roof of the house. They generate electricity. Plus, you can add the battery storage to store extra energy to use when the sun doesn’t shine that day. Generally, a system outputting 1kWp requires up to four panels on the roof. Any electricity generated feeds the electrical loads within the home or is stored in the battery. Solar panel grants in Dublin can help you decide to switch to solar power. You can get up to €700 per kWp and can get up to 4kWp on your rooftop. Therefore, if you installed a battery and solar system at 4kWp, you could get up to €3800 to help pay for it.

SolarElectric is one of the leading solar PV companies in Ireland, and it has helped hundreds of homeowners switch to solar power. Of course, these solar panel grants in Dublin may not entirely pay for the system. It is important to find out how much the entire thing will cost so that you are prepared. That way, you know how much out-of-pocket expenses you’ll be expected to cover. You can visit the website at to see how much money you can save by switching to solar power.

SEAI Grant In Dublin: Considerations

In Ireland, the Better Energy Homes Scheme is available to help homeowners pay for solar energy use in their homes. It has been extended through the end of 2020. This SEAI grant in Dublin can help you upgrade your house to make it more energy-efficient. Generally, homeowners spend about €1850 a year to heat their homes. With the right insulation, you can reduce that number by about 1/3.

By utilizing the SEAI grant in Dublin, you can get money to upgrade your home in a variety of ways. You can insulate the attic and cavity walls, get external insulation, or dry-lining. Plus, there is money available to help you upgrade the heating controls and heat pumps of your house. It’s also possible to use the funds to install a solar thermal system on the home. In most cases, homeowners can expect to cut 1/3 of their improvement bill. This grant doesn’t just focus on solar energy, though that is one of its topmost concerns. Therefore, if you’d like to have this feature on your house and want help paying for it, you can get it through this grant.

SolarElectric wants everyone to know about the SEAI grant in Dublin. Not only can it help you install a solar power system on your home, but it can also help in other ways. If you’re thinking about solar power, now is definitely the time to do it. Working with this company ensures that the panels are installed right. The professionals here can also help you apply for the grant and use that money to cover much of the bill. While it isn’t likely to pay for the whole system, it can help offset the price. Whether you’re a homeowner, commercial property owner, or in the agriculture sector, this company can help. Visit to see how much you could save by switching.

Collapse of civilisation

Homeowners can play a part in helping reduce carbon emissions – MREF

Thursday, 6 December 2018 – Irish homeowners can now play their part in helping Ireland reduce carbon emissions by availing of the Government’s new grant supports to install Solar PV to generate their own renewable electricity and, in so doing, slash their bought in energy bills.

Following the stark warnings earlier this week from world-renowned broadcaster, David Attenborough, where he stated that the ‘Collapse of civilization and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon’, Pat Smith, Chairman of the Micro Renewable Energy Federation (, said that it is everyone’s responsibility to take action on climate change now.

Pat Smith said: “We all have a stake in the survival of the planet for future generations and anyone who can help address this mammoth issue has a responsibility to play their part to help reduce carbon emissions. Every 4KWP of Solar PV installed on a home will reduce carbon emissions by 2 tonnes per year. Acting together, homeowners have the capacity to reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes per year.”

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