Shining a Light on Ireland’s Solar Boom: Your Guide to Going Green

A solar panel system installed by SolarSmart Energy Ltd.

There are many reasons for Ireland’s solar boom. The country has an abundance of sunlight, with an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. The government also offers generous incentives for solar energy, such as the Solar Electricity PV Grant and the Microgeneration Support Scheme. If you are thinking about going solar, there are a few things you need to know.

Solar PV for Social Housing

A bird's eye view of the retrofitted College View apartments with solar panels on them.

Solar PV on social housing could have a huge impact on the amount of energy vulnerable consumers would need to buy. Studies show that terraced houses are among the highest emitters of residential greenhouse gases. However, they are also among the easiest to retrofit with energy saving upgrades like solar. National and local government needs to act now to ensure that those most in need have an opportunity to share in a cheaper, greener, and more secure energy future.

Jobs in Solar: Fulfill Your (Green) Ambitions

Young workers pointing at a laptop, perhaps exploring the idea of a job in solar.

The rapid increase in demand for solar means that demand for workers is rising faster than in many other sectors of the economy. Jobs in renewable energy production can offer great opportunities for well-paid, challenging and rewarding work for students.

Solar Panel Business Grants: A Game Changer

A hard hat on some solar panels, referring to the utility of solar PV for businesses now.

The Irish government have announced a multi-million euro investment to support Irish business in making the transition to renewable energy, helping them to save even more money with solar PV.

How to Pay for Solar

Gold Oil Drum

Oil producers react with anger to “solar energy providers’ plot” to
deprive them of profits: Vote to decrease production. If you are one of those who has decided it’s time to switch to solar and deprive them of some of their “power”, here are a few of the facts you need to know.

Solar PV Grants in Ireland [2023]

A lightbulb illuminated by the sun in the background. In this article, we elucidate which solar pv grants are available in Ireland.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) are two organisations that offer grants to homeowners, farmers, schools, businesses and community centres, among others, who are interested in installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their properties. Here is an overview of the different SEAI and TAMS solar PV grants available in Ireland

Solar Grant for Irish Farms

solar grant for farms in ireland

Irish farms are now eligible for solar grants under the TAMS 3 Solar Capital Investment Scheme.

Find out how your farm can switch to solar!

5 Reasons Why Solar Works in Ireland

Solar Panel Effectiveness

It’s easy to assume Ireland is too far north, and that warm Mediterranean countries are the only benefactors of solar energy systems. Solar is really effective in Ireland. Here’s 5 reasons why now is the perfect time to install a domestic solar energy system.

Why Choose SolarSmart

Selecting the right solar installation partner isn’t an easy task. Here’s a list of 7 reasons why we think the smart choice is SolarSmart.

How does a Solar Energy system work?

A solar energy system is a simple system consisting of solar panels, an inverter and an optional battery. Solar panels make DC power which is turned into AC power and used by your home.

Are you eligible for the SEAI grant?

You are eligible for the grant if  your home was built and occupied before 2011. The second condition for eligibility is that after your solar PV system installation, your home must achieve at least a C BER energy performance rating.