Homeowners in Ireland can now access grants worth hundreds of euros to fund the installation of solar and energy storage systems as the government launches its first micro-generation scheme for the technology. This pilot scheme offers €700 (~US$818.5) per kWp of solar installed up to 2kWp, at which point any installation up to 4kWp must include a battery storage system for which a fixed €1,000 grant is now also available. Just days after securing approval for a national large scale Renewable Energy Support Scheme, the minister for communications, climate action and environment Denis Naughten explained that a typical three-bedroomed semi-detached home would spend about €1,800 on a solar panel system and save approximately €220 per year on their bills.
PV-Tech 31st July 2018 read more »
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) All Ireland Forum has given a highly qualified welcome to the establishment of a grant scheme for solar panel and energy storage deployment for homeowners. Whilst acknowledging that it is a positive step forward and it will assist some homeowners to install low carbon energy solutions, it is lamentably tame when compared to Ireland’s urgent need to address its fossil fuel dependency and its shameful record on cutting carbon emissions. This has recently been exposed by the ‘Climate Action Network’s Europe 2018 Off Target Report’ putting Ireland second last ahead of Poland in the EU 28.
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