Wondering what solar panels are, how solar panels IN IRELAND work and what the benefits are to you as a homeowner?
The term solar panels in Ireland is used quite broadly to cover a variety of different systems – some heat your water like solar thermal or solar thermodynamic and others like solar PV (photovoltaic panels) produce electricity.
In this guide, we will be focusing on solar panels in Ireland aka Solar PV Ireland.
Solar PV (photovoltaic) produces its energy from the photons and radiation levels in the sun, not the direct sun rays. These panels absorb the energy from the sun to produce DC current.
This is then passed to the inverter which converts DC power (direct current) to AC power (alternating current) and is fed directly into your fuse board. The inverter is installed in the attic and is about the size of a cornflake box.
Your fuseboard has several different circuits in it – for example the kitchen socket, lights, cooker etc. The power from the Solar PV feeds into those circuits and in turn, reduces the electricity consumption of the house.
Once your usage/needs are met, any surplus energy produced will be used to charge your battery or heat your water using a hot water diverter.
Thereafter, if there is any excess energy produced, it will be sent back to the national grid.
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How to get paid back for electricity with Solar Panels in Ireland?
To make things even more exciting, you get paid for any excess sent back to the grid with the microgeneration scheme – each utility supplier varies on their rates but generally, it is around 15c-20c per unit!
One more big thing that happened in 2023 is that the VAT for solar panel installation was reduced from 13.5% to 0%, this brings the average installation costs down by €1000 on average and reduces the average return on investment from 7 years to 6 years.
Check out our handy infographic breaking down the step by step of solar panels in Ireland
Let’s take a kettle as an example!
The consumption of a kettle is approx. 3000w.
Let’s say the PV panels are producing 2000w and you turn on the kettle at 3000w.
2000w goes to the kettle from your panels and 1000w comes from the national grid.
If your panels are generating 3000w and you turn on the kettle then, 100% of the energy will come from the panels and none from the national grid.
If you are overproducing – Let’s say the house is using 1500w and your panels are generating 2000w. 1500w will go to the house (your appliances) and the other 500w will go to the battery or hot water diverter if you have one installed, otherwise, it will go back to the national grid.
Installing solar panels in Ireland 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.
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.
Are solar panels worth it in Ireland in 2024?
In 2024, the misconception that solar panels are ineffective in Ireland’s climate is debunked by NRG Panel Ireland, a leading installer of solar panels in Ireland. Specializing in Solar PV technology, the company highlights that energy production is not solely dependent on direct sunlight, making solar panels a viable option even on overcast or rainy days in the Irish climate.
With potential savings of up to 50% on electricity bills and the current SEAI grant of €2100 for installation, the financial benefits of adopting solar panels in Ireland are significant.
NRG Panel emphasises the role of solar panels in reducing reliance on the grid, with surplus energy contributing to savings through the micro-generation scheme.
This article concludes with a practical ROI example, showcasing a 6-7-year payback period and positioning NRG Panel as the leader in providing sustainable energy solutions with solar panels in Ireland.
Why Choose NRG Panel For Your Solar Panel Installation
Choosing the right solar panels installer is really important, you want a company that is established, customer-focused and passionate about what they do. It has happened numerous times that people paid for solar panels in Ireland and the panels were never installed or they stopped producing due to the wrong product choices and wrong installation procedures.
We, at NRG Panel, have chosen the best solar panels, and the best heat pumps and our staff is trained regularly. We hold triple ISO accreditation and are fully certified, recommended by Electric Ireland and Daikin as their installer of solar panels in Ireland or Heat pumps in Ireland.
This is an investment, make it a pleasurable one. Luckily, NRG panel have all the below, which is rare in this industry.
Over 20 years’ experience in renewable energy.
Triple ISO accreditation.
Directly employed workforce.
Over 8000 installations nationwide.
PCI compliant so your details are safe.
Grant assistance through our in house grant co-ordinator.
Excellent after sales service.
Free consultations educating the customer – no pushy sales