Businesses, public sector organisations and community groups in Ireland can apply for grants of up to €2,400 (£2,086) for the installation of rooftop solar panels.
The grant scheme, administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), will support solar technology of up to 6kWp of capacity, i.e. approximately 16 solar panels.
The SEAI estimates a business could expect to save up to €3,000 (£2,608) per year from a solar system supported under this scheme at the current high electricity prices.
This will enable the installation to pay for itself, protecting businesses and organisations, such as sports clubs, against rising energy prices into the future.
Eamon Ryan, Environment, Climate and Communications Minister said: “This new support scheme is part of a wider roll-out of initiatives to make the installation of solar PV easier and more cost effective for homeowners, businesses and public bodies. It’s Ireland’s rooftop revolution.
“With these grants, more businesses, organisations and community groups can start to take greater control of their energy costs by harnessing the power of the sun – providing for their own needs first, with the additional bonus of getting paid for excess energy that they might produce. With upcoming changes to planning exemptions, simpler grid application routes, export payment announcements and capital supports from SEAI, it’s an ideal time for anybody to consider going solar to save money and to help reduce our emissions.”