Solar PV products exist for a range of different applications. These include:
Solar panels or modules. These are the best known solar PV products. Now a familiar site on rooftops and in ‘solar farms’ and business roofs they have been mass manufactured for over 25 years.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). These are building material products such as roof tiles, glass or cladding with solar PV materials embedded within them.
Consumer electronics. Some consumer products have been developed with solar PV materials integrated into them so that they can produce their own power.
Conventional solar PV panels will help meet some of the electricity demands of a building.
1 sq. m of silicon solar panels will generate ~150W of power on a clear sunny day. That’s enough to power a laptop computer.
A property solar PV system sized at 24 sq. m (~4kW) and well located would generate around 4000kWh of electricity a year. That is over 50% of the average annual electricity demand of an Irish home or small business.
Solar PV systems will still function on overcast days in Ireland although not at their maximum rated capacity.
You will find a Solar Energy System for your Farm to be hassle free, no noise, no moving parts and self cleaning – a true asset not a cost.
Now is the time to take advantage of the new grant support scheme for on-farm renewables
€10 million is to be made available under the TAMS on-farm investment scheme in the form of grants for energy efficiencies and renewable energy technologies.
On-farm investments eligible for grant support will include solar PV and battery storage installations on farms of up to €9,300, or between 40% and 60% of the overall cost, and LED lighting in all new farm structures under TAMS.
Energy Serv specialise in the installation of PV Solar power systems across the Residential, Commercial and Agricultural sectors of Ireland. Our mission is a simple one and that is to help our clients save money by reducing their overall energy expenditure, at the same time contributing to the environment by reducing Ireland’s carbon footprint.
How much funding is available for the solar panels?
The new measure will make €10m worth of grants available for the solar panels and LED lighting energy efficiencies and renewable energy technologies. Grant aid in this initial pilot phase of up to €9,300 or up to 60% of the overall cost will be available to fund a 6kWp solar system. The economics for solar PV work best when all of the electricity generated is used on the farm. Energy generated will solely be for agricultural use on the farm.
A solar PV system size for a dairy farm of approximately 5.5kWp (kilowatt ‘peak’), combined with 4.5kWh (kilowatt hour) of battery storage capacity, is envisaged. Grant aid in this initial pilot phase will be to fund a 6kWp solar system.
Costs are based on the cost of installation of a 6kWp solar system; this includes a battery which is necessary to capture the energy output, thereby making it economically viable. At this maximum size, the grant provided at the 40% TAMS II rate would be €6,200, and at 60%, it would be €9,300
If you would like to receive more information as to how to set about receiving a grant please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact page or call / email.