New SEAI Solar PV Grants Up to €3000 available
From the 31st July 2018 it is now possible to get funding off the cost of a Solar PV and battery system for your home through the SEAI Solar PV Scheme. The scheme will run until the end of 2020
What is Solar P.V?
Solar P.V or Solar Photo Voltaic are panels that generate electricity from light. They can be roof mounted onto your existing roof. The electricity they produce is converted from DC (direct current) voltage to AC (alternating current) voltage so it may be used to power some of your home appliances.
Is Solar P.V safe?
Yes, it is very safe but it cannot be installed by anyone. Only trained professionals can install Solar P.V and only registered electrical contractors registered with SAFE Electric and the SEAI’s Renewable Installer Register can certify the installation. There is very strict compliance guide lines and code of practices in place to safe guard you (the homeowner) from incompetent and poor installations.
How do I know if my home is Eligible?
There are 2 criterias that your property must meet in order to qualify for the grant.
- Your property must be built and occupied before 2011.
- The property’s BER (Building Energy Rating) after the works is completed must be a C or higher.
OK, my home is Eligible. What do I do now?
You can contact us direct and we will make an appointment to come and see you and your property. We would need to undertake a survey to ensure we are proposing the best possible solution for you. We will sit down with you and carefully discuss the technology and the road map on how the process works from start to finish. We will submit our proposal and discuss our payment options on how the savings generated together with the grant will increase your return on investment. Then you are ready to apply for the grant.
OK, How do I apply for the grant?
You apply for the grant through the SEAI website. You must register first using your name and email address. The following link will take you directly to the correct webpage https://mgen.seai.ie/
You will need the following details when completing the online form
- MPRN Number. This is a 10 digit number on your electricity bill
- Bank IBAN and BIC numbers for the payment
Once the form is submitted the SEAI will issue you via email the grant offer for you to proceed.
How long does the process take?
From the initial survey and if you are comfortable with our proposal, we can have your new solar PV system fitted within weeks. Once agreed, we will enter into a contract (requirement for the SEAI grant) and commit to delivering the works to the highest standard. When the project is completed, which in most cases is within one working day we can submit all the necessary paperwork onto the SEAI portal. The SEAI will check and verify all projects and in some cases send an official inspector out to the property to carry out a detailed inspection of the works. Once satisfied and all paperwork is in order then the payment is approved. Payments can take up to 6 weeks to process.
How much of a grant am I entitled too?
The size of the system installed on your property and if a battery was fitted will determine how much you can claim. There is a grant of €900 per kWp for the first 2 kilowatt power (kWp) of solar installed on your property and €300 per kWp for every kWp after that to a maximum 4kWp. All systems installed over 2kWp must install a battery. There is a grant of €600 for the battery. The battery must be 2KWh or higher to qualify.
To get the maximum €3,000 allowance in the grant you have to install 4kWp solar panels with 2kWh battery.
See table below
Up to 2kWp
|You will receive €1800 for 2kWp solar panels (ie 6/7 solar panels)|
€300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp if you get a battery.
Total grant available capped at €2400
For 3kWp: You will receive €2100 for 3kWp solar panels plus €600 for the battery system.
For 4kWp: You will receive €2400 for 4kWp solar panels plus €600 for the battery system.
What guarantee do I have that my system will perform for years after you have installed it?
Solar P.V is like LED Lighting, once installed correctly it will perform according to the manufacturer’s performance warranty. There are however superior products on the market that will outperform others over their lifespan. As a consumer, it is vital that you do not make your decision based on the lowest price received from other suppliers. Price is important but when it comes to Solar P.V, the performance and quality of the panel is more important as the panels must perform over their 20-year design life.
Where are your panels manufactured?
Our panels are manufactured by a TIER 1 listed manufacturers. We use manufacturers such as Sunergy, Longi, JA Solar.
What battery system do you offer?
We offer the EVI – all in one inverter and battery storage system. There are 2 versions of the system and with both systems additional batteries can be added. Both the inverter and the battery are all contained in one unit and very compact, unlike competitor products which have seperate battery units. Click here to view our brochure
What is different about your battery system?
The EVi all in one is a very powerful and intelligent battery storage system. It has 10,000 cycles and comes with a 10 year manufacturers warranty. A cycle is when the battery charges to its full capacity and dischages all its energy. Inferior competitor products only have 4,500 cycles. So if your battery does one cycle a day the difference in lifespan is approx 15 years.
Another very valuable point is our batteries come with a very smart battery management system (BMS) built into them. It is possible to charge the batteries during the winter using very cheap night rate electricity and then discharge them during the evening when electricity is more expensive. This is all done remotely via our engineering portal which comes with every system
Do you offer finance for the entire project?
Yes, we can offer finance through our finance partner Flexi-Fi. We can offer finance over a 24-month term or a 36-month term on values from €1,000 – €15,000 with interest set at 6.9%. You can get a quote direct through the Flexi-Fi online portal by click this link. Get Finance Quote
After the installation is complete, do I require any training on how to use the system?
Essentially no. The system pretty much is self-sufficient once installed. However, the following documents are required to be handed over to the home owner once the project is complete and paid for.
- Datasheets for Solar PV Modules, Inverters, and Battery Energy Storage System
- Warranties for Solar PV Modules, Inverters, Mounting System
- O&M Manual for Homeowner. Basic start up, shut down, safety, operation and maintenance instructions
- Estimation of system performance calculated using common estimator tools and databases such as PVSyst, PVSol, PVGIS, NREL or other equivalent, considering the actual location, orientation, pitch, location and over shading conditions of the PV modules.
The commissioning engineer on the day will give a run through the system and be available to answer any of your questions.
Call us on +353 (0)1 524 0387 or email us at email@example.com for more information how EcoVolt can help you generate your own free electricity.
Solar PV Panels
Photovoltaic Solar Panels convert UV light into DC power. Your Hybrid inverter converts DC current into AC current for use in your home. Our sleek self-contained EVi Inverter and Battery unit is the control centre of your system.