1. Your Panels Number of panels: Panel power (Wp): Total solar array kWp: NDMG Scheme Grant Value: Run Grant & Production Calculator 2. Your roof / ground area
The below are standard panel values, but feel free to play around if you are looking at something specific.
Panel Width (mm): Panel Height (mm): Panel Spacing (mm): Roof slope (deg): > 10° 15° 20° 25° 30° (standard) 35° 40° 45° 50°
If you are going for ground mounting / flat roof mounting, then the mounting equipment normally angles the panels towards the sun. About 37° gets the most annual generation here in Ireland.
Which direction does your roof face? > West (270°) West-South-West (247.5°) South-West (225°) South-South-West (202.5°) South (180°) South-South-East (157.5°) South-East (135°) East-South-East (112.5°) East (90°) 3. Location Which county are you in? > Unset: Using National Average Carlow Cavan Clare Cork Donegal Dublin Galway Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow Run Grant & Production Calculator
Use the Solar Calculator to update these totals Your figures: NDMG Scheme Grant Value: Panel array area: Total solar array kWp: Annual units generated: Annual CO2 emissions saved: Simplified for ease
A quick disclaimer - we have purposely made this very simple & basic to give you fast ballpark numbers for electricity production & CO2 saved. The tools we use ourselves when we are producing solar quotes are much more complicated and take many more factors into account. For example, we've not worried about shading, inverter losses and many other factors.
That said this tool should give you a reasonable indication of if solar might be worth considering for your business. It does take the major factors of things like the roof slope, panel orientation, which county you are in (including local weather patterns) and alike when calculating the likely electricity generation from pv solar panels.
If solar seems in the right ballpark for your company, and you'd like a more accurate calculations, just
get in touch and we'd be more than happy to do far more detailed calculations for you to give you a more accurate idea of what's possible. Who's eligible for the NDMG grant? This grant is available for solar panel installations for: Businesses & Commercial Buildings Farms / the agricultural sector Public sector bodies Schools Community centres Non-profit organisations The following criteria must also be met: The building must have been built and occupied before December 31, 2020. (usually determined by the date the electricity supply) The NDMG grant must not have already been claimed at this property Use an SEAI Non-Domestic Microgen registered company (we are a registered company) The installation must use newly fitted equipment, and meet the SEAI's required standards.
You can find the full terms and conditions on the
SEAI's Non-Domestic Microgen Scheme page here. How much is the grant worth?
This depends on the size of the system that's installed, and is measured by the peak generation capacity of your solar PV system.
How the grant amount is calculated: €900 per kWp for the first 2kWp €300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp €2,400 total for systems 4kWp – 6kWp €300 for every additional kWp from 7kWp – 20kWp €200 for every additional kWp from 21kWp – 200kWp €150 for every additional kWp from 201kWp – 1,000kWp Total Non-Domestic solar PV grant capped at €162,600, which you get at 1000kWp Examples: 4kWp system would get €2,400 of grant support (small house size building) 8kWp system would get €3,200 of grant support (large house size building) 15kWp system would get €5,100 of grant support 50kWp system would get €12,600 of grant support 1,000kWp system gets the max €162,600 of grant support – anything larger is not eligible for any grant support
If the cost of the installation is below the grant value available at that size, only the actual expenditure will be reimbursed.
What costs are covered under the solar PV grant?
The grant covers the labour and equipment costs associated with installing your solar PV system.
What about batteries / immersion diverters etc?
The grant amount you receive only dependends on the size in kWp of your solar PV system. There is no additional grant available for extras such as batteries or immersion diverters.
How do I find out what sized system would be most appropriate for my needs?
The best way to find a PV system that will suit your needs is to
get in touch, - we'll gladly provide you with a free custom quote. This also includes an on-site assessment. One of our team of engineers will come out to your property to ensure we've taken everything into consideration.
To better advise you on a system, we examine your energy costs, the times you use energy, and any energy needs specific to your business. We'll also carefully examine your building, the roof, and the surrounding area. Using our specialist design software, we aim to maximise your energy yield, and create the ideal solution for you and your business.
We don't have any salespeople on our team. Our technical engineers are there to help advise you first and foremost. We'll help you decide on the best solar PV system to suit your needs, and then quote for your solar PV system. If you decide not to go with us in the end that's fine too. Ultimately, we'll be happy knowing you have been advised correctly and are doing your bit for the planet.
Can I get a solar PV system larger than 1,000kWp?
Yes, but you would not be eligible for the grant. The SEAI guidelines state that only systems up to 1,000kWp are eligible for grant funding – anything above that is not eligible for any grant payment.
Does the grant only cover roof-mounted solar PV panels?
Ground mount, and car port mounted systems are also eligible for grant support - as long as they adhere to the PV solar scheme criteria.
Do I need planning permission to install solar panels to get grant approval?
SEAI grant approval is not tied to planning permission. Depending on your property and where it's located, local planning rules may apply.
What are the planning permission rules for business premises & commercial solar panel systems?
Installing solar panels on non-residential buildings is usually exempt from planning permission. This is because of rules in the Planning and Development Regulations, which were updated in 2022 to allow bigger systems and more types of buildings.
There are certain conditions that have to be met in order to be exempt from planning, which can be read in full in
the SEAI's NDMG application guide. If you're not sure about your specific building type, you can ask your local planning office for help. Just remember, the information on our website (and the information provided by the SEAI) is for guidance only.
Our engineers will be more than happy to advise on specific planning permission requirements.
Solar safeguarding zones
If your property is in a solar safeguarding zone, you may have to seek planning permission. Solar safeguarding zones are necessary to address aviation safety concerns due to the potential impact of glint and glare arising from increased solar developments in proximity to sites such as airports and hospitals which have helipads.
The most up-to-date info on solar safeguarding zones can be found
here How do I apply for a solar PV grant? 1. Choose your installer
Before applying for the grant, you should have an agreement in place with an
SEAI approved solar installer (like us!). Whichever installer you use must be registered with the SEAI - otherwise, you will not be eligible for the grant. 2. Apply via the SEAI application portal
Your application can be made on the
SEAI website for solar electricity grant . This is a straightforward process, and we're available to help if you have any questions. Approval is usually very quick - most people hear back from the SEAI on the same day. Please note you must have approval before works can commence - otherwise you won't be eligible for grant payment. 3. Get your panels installed
Next, your solar panels are installed and commissioned. (just a fancy term to say tested and officially turned on)
4. We complete your paperwork
Once your system is up and running, your paperwork is submitted to the SEAI. This is to confirm to the SEAI that your system was fitted by an SEAI registered solar installer, and is now up and running.
5. Receive your grant payment
Usually it takes the SEAI around 6 weeks from receiving the paperwork until the money is in your account.
What information do I need to apply?
1. MPRN - the Meter Point Reference Number. This number appears on your electricity bill and is 11 digits long. The address associated with the MPRN will be the contact address used by SEAI for all postal correspondence. You should ensure that the details registered with ESB networks for this MPRN are correct and accurate.
2. The year in which your property was built and occupied (must be on or before the 31st of December 2020).
3. Your selected registered PV solar installation company
4. Details of the system to be installed
5. Your contact email address
6. A Tax Clearance Certificate (in some circumstances). If you've received any grants, subsidies or similar payments from a government department or public authority in excess of €10,000 during a calendar year, you will also need to provide a Tax Clearance Certificate.
Applications must be submitted by individuals and not by solar companies or contractors. However, we understand how intimidating and complicated these things can seem, so our friendly and helpful team will be there to support you through the process.
Can PureVolt Solar help me with the SEAI grant application?
Of course. Thankfully it really is quite straightforward, but if you've any questions along the way just ask and we'll be glad to help.
What happens once the grant is approved?
Soon after you submit your application, you'll receive an email with the SEAI's response. If approved, you must ensure to accept the grant offer and the attaching terms and conditions.
After this, you have 8 months to complete the works and submit the all required documentation to the SEAI.
Part of the process is to also apply to the ESB to connect the solar PV system to the grid. Your solar installation company will take care of this, and it has to happen before installing the solar PV system. Depending on the size of the system, this process can take between 1 - 3 months.
Once this is complete, your installation company can begin your installation.
Can I change my mind on what system I am installing after grant approval?
No. The grant, once approved, is only payable in respect of the type of system and works that were laid out in your application and referenced in the grant offer.
Can I begin my installation while waiting for my grant to be approved?
No. Grant approval from SEAI must be in place before any any work starts. If work has begun before grant approval, the whole installation may be deemed ineligible for payment.
Will I receive the grant before installing my solar PV system?
No. The SEAI only releases grant payment once all paperwork has been received, and payment has been made to the installation company.
How long does it take for the payment to come through?
When all grant paperwork has been submitted online, it takes around 6 weeks for to process your claim and make the payment. In some cases the SEAI will
conduct an inspection to verify the installation matches the grant claim. When this happens, the payment can take a little longer. How will the grant payment be made?
Payments are only made by electronic fund transfer (EFT) into the bank account nominated by the applicant.
What happens once the solar panel installation is complete?
We'll take care of everything once the solar panel installation has been complete. A post-works BER is not required for non-domestic installations, so once the work is finished, that's it from your end!
There is some paperwork that needs to be done for the SEAI - a 'Declaration of Works' form and 'Inspection & Testing Report'. These describe the works completed, and ensure that we have all the necessary information and documentation to support the grant payment processing. We will submit all of this online for you - usually all that's required is a signature from the applicant.
Other information on grants
All installations may be subject to inspections by SEAI to verify that they match the grant claim, meet the scheme's requirements, or for quality purposes. Properties may be selected by a random sampling process, or chosen for specific reasons. The SEAI will notify applicants before such inspections. Where selected, applicants are required to grant access to their property for inspection within a specified period, failure of which may lead to grant refusal or grant clawback. Applicants must give access to their property for inspection within 14 days of the initial request unless agreed otherwise.
The applicant may be requested to participate in follow-up research as may be commissioned by SEAI to establish the scheme's impacts and achievements. This will also include acquiring information and data for the development of case studies for wider dissemination (protecting as appropriate all personal data, confidential or commercially sensitive information).
The solar PV system, battery energy storage system and meter point data may be used by SEAI or its agents to assess the impact of micro-generation on the local electricity system and the development of future methods. SEAI may assess this data directly or share aggregated data with third parties for analysis purposes.
If you have any unanswered questions about solar panel installation and you would like to find out more, please visit our page on commonly asked questions
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John Kilroy April 2023 ...delighted with the results Delighted with service from beginning to end in dealing with Purevolt solar. They were very competitively priced, had an incredibly fast turnaround time and fitted top quality equipment. I found John very straight talking and honest in his appraisal of the systems and options available - he is an electrician by trade and has worked in solar for years - he is not a salesman just interested in maximising sales and felt he was genuinely interested in providing the best system to suit our needs. The standard of work carried out by the installers was excellent and the electrician Daniel has a real pride in his work and helped me understand the system and the apps to monitor/ control. We now have solar panels installed and are delighted with the results whereby we can monitor our live solar generation and adjust our usage accordingly and heat our water (using my eddi) and sell the excess electricity back to the grid. As well as going green we are seeing a significant drop in our electricity bills so its a Win Win! Adrian Insley March 2023 Great service Great service. Great support from all PureVolt staff. Would highly recommended this company. Stefan Bink February 2023 A pleasure to deal with Once I decided to go with solar panels- the competence, professionalism and delivery of project was top class. The technician that put panels on roof, and the electrical technician that put in the battery and electric press and connected all to house fuse box, were very knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to deal with. From the initial contact with the Project Manager to the final installation- the full journey was well explained and I was confident and assured that the installation was delivered to the highest standard. Martha S February 2023 ...so grateful to have found Purevolt My husband and I can't provide enough superlative praise to John and his team. 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Very competitively priced and gave good, honest advice without trying to sell anything which I didn't need. The solar panels were installed on time by very professional and friendly roofers and electrician who answered any questions regarding the installation. Following the installation SEAI inspected the works and found nothing to be concerned about. PureVolt's John Egan attended the inspection to in order that he could rectify any problems should they arise. For the first couple of days after the installation I had some minor issues with the inverter app which PureVolt resolved by liaising with the inverter manufacturer. I'm delighted with PureVolt and I highly recommend them. Tim Hynes November 2022 Highly recommend Once I decided to go with solar panels- the competence, professionalism and delivery of project was top class. The technician that put panels on roof, and the electrical technician that put in the battery and electric press and connected all to house fuse box, were very knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to deal with. From the initial contact with the Project Manager to the final installation- the full journey was well explained and I was confident and assured that the installation was delivered to the highest standard. Alan Deacy November 2022 Extremely happy with the service Enquired about a new PV system. John phoned me back shortly after my enquiry and went into great detail about the different systems and tailored one that would suit my needs. I received a very competitive price. Extremely happy with the service this company provided. Very professional and knowledgeable in the solar industry. 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