A lot of people are under the illusion that solar panels in Ireland are not worth it.

If there is rarely any sun in Ireland, how can solar panels work?

This is a common misconception about Solar PV – many people believe it needs direct sunlight to produce energy and as we all know, sun is extremely rare in this lovely little country.

The truth is that the term solar panels is used so widely within the industry; that it is easy to mix up the different types and their functions.

Solar PV (photovoltaic) produces its energy from the photons and radiation levels in the sun not the direct sun rays. This means that it will produce energy on overcast and even rainy days.

Yes, you will obviously produce more energy in the summer months than in the winter, but this is due to longer daylight hours and higher radiation levels not because there is no sun.

If you think about it the sun is out 365 days of the year because, if it wasn’t, we would be in darkness from September onwards. So, even on those drizzly, dull days when all you want to do is curl in a ball and watch Netflix for the day. You can rest easy because your solar panels will continue to produce while you watch your favourite show on the energy that you have produced for free.

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So, what will you save with your new solar panels?

On average people see up to 50% savings on their electricity bill. The SEAI are also currently offering a grant up to €3000 for solar panels Ireland and battery installs.

Installing solar panels on your roof doesn’t mean that you’re off the grid. Most solar systems can’t consistently generate enough electricity to be a home’s only power source, which is why the vast majority of solar homeowners maintain a connection with their utility company.

Plus solar panels only produce energy in daylight hours so you wouldn’t be producing anything on winter evenings or at night – if you were to increase your output from the solar panels to say 90% – it is not advisable because firstly there would be a larger capital spend with longer payback period and a lot of the energy that you are producing would just go back to the grid unused.

You can increase the efficiency of your solar panels by being smart about how you use your electricity throughout the day – i.e. stagger high consumption household items like washing machines / showers.

As the Leader for Solar Panels in Ireland, NRG Panel can help discuss all of your needs whilst you are comfortable in knowing we are the best in the industry.

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