Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten has announced his intention to open a grant-aided pilot scheme this summer for solar PV micro-generation- solar panels for home use.
This programme will initially cover self-consumption and domestic use for homeowners.
The Micro-Renewable Energy Federation (MREF) has welcomed the announcement as the “first step” towards unlocking the potential of micro-renewables.
“It will be the first phase in a multi-phased implementation of supports for micro-generation in Ireland,” said Minister Naughten.
MREF estimates that 500,000 homes, 50,000 businesses, and 75,000 farms have suitable roof space to deliver up to 250mW electricity per year from roof-top PV Solar installations.
According to reports, micro-generation technology (including PV solar and battery storage) is proven, output is predictable and cost levels have fallen to historically-low levels.
Current payback on finance for PV solar installations is between seven and eight years.