The grant towards your new solar PV panels on homes & residential buildings comes from the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), and just about all homes occupied before 2021 before are eligible.
The amount you get depends on the system size you have installed, measured by your solar panel's peak power output (in kW / kWp).
|System Size||Grant Value||Solar Panel Array|
| 2.5 kWp |
e.g. small 2 bed home
|€1,950|| ~12m2 |
| 3.0 kWp |
e.g. larger 2 bed home
|€2,100|| ~14m2 |
| 3.5 kWp |
e.g. standard 3 bed home
|€2,250|| ~17m2 |
| 4 kWp |
e.g larger 3 bed home
|€2,400|| ~19m2 |
|€2,400 is the maximum grant. Larger installations still get this amount.|
Other things you get installed (such as batteries and immersion diverters) do not effect the amount of the grant.
The grant takes the form of a once-off payment to a homeowner once all work has been completed.
We are hearing that the grant will be reduced for 2024 & each year afterwards. At the time of writing (28th Nov 2023) we are still awaiting the SEAI to confirm the proposed changes to the domestic solar grant, so please take this with a grain of salt until the SEAI confirm.
We are expecting the domestic grant to be reduced by €300, so the new maximum grant amount will be €2,100. From what we are hearing, this is almost definite.
We do not yet know how the new grants will be calculated - if all domestic grants are being reduced, or just the cap is being set a bit lower.
If you apply for your grant in 2023, but get installed in 2024, it appears most likely that you will still get the higher 2023 grant amount. This though is less certain. As soon as we hear more we'll update this page. You can contact the SEAI for more information here.
As far we are hearing, there are no planned changes to the grants for commercial / business solar, and other non-domestic solar installations. Also, we've heard nothing about any changes for EV chargers grants either.
SEAI solar grant values for both domestic / home solar, businesses, commercial, public buildings and other non-commercial organisations.
The amount of grant support provided depends on the size of your installation. It's measured by the peak generation capacity of your solar panels, which is usually quoted in kW or kWp.
Where the level of expenditure is below the maximum grant value, only the actual expenditure will be reimbursed.
The grant can be used towards purchasing and installing your solar PV system on your property; that is, equipment and labour.
The grant amount you received is only dependent on getting solar panels installed - there is no extra grant for things like batteries or immersion diverters.
There used to be a grant towards solar storage batteries, but that was discontinued by the SEAI a few years ago.
There are several criteria that you must meet to avail of the grant.
If you'd like to get a rough idea you can check out our Guide to Solar Panels Costs for Homes. It has example quotes for a range of house sizes so you can get an idea of what might fit on what sized home.
We also have a domestic solar calculator if you would like to play with the numbers yourself. It will tell you the space needed on your roof & likely annual electricity generation.
For something a more accurate, we will gladly give you your own custom quote for a solar PV installation. As part of the process, one of our engineers will come to your home and conduct an on-site assessment. We examine and consider factors like your energy costs, when you use your energy, house age and condition. We also examine the construction of your roof, the orientation of the building, the pitch of the roof, and any local shading effects from trees or adjacent structures. We use specialist solar design software to get exactly the right solution for you and your home to maximise your energy yield.
Yes, you can. However, the grant will only provide support for the first 4kWp of the system. There is no grant relief for additional kWp above this.
The solar PV scheme also supports ground mount systems that adhere to the PV solar scheme criteria.
No. SEAI grant approval is not tied to planning permission.
The installation of solar panels on domestic properties is exempt from planning permission. Since the 7th of October 2022, there is no longer a limit to the area of solar panels which can be installed on rooftops of homes, anywhere in the country. Solar installations will be able to cover the entire roof of a house. The 12m2 or 50% roof limit which previously applied to houses has been removed nationwide.
However, the are some exceptions. For example, under certain condition, properties that lie in solar safeguarding zones 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.
Our engineers will be there to help you with this and advise you on planning permission stipulations.
Before you can apply you need an agreement in place with an SEAI approved solar installer (like us). The installer you use must be registered with the SEAI for you to be eligible for the SEAI solar grant.
Apply on the SEAI website for solar electricity grant . You can use our SEAI Solar PV Grant Application Guide to help you through the application process. It is straightforward and we are here to help you if you've any questions. The approval is normally just about instantaneous - most people will receive an email in just a few minutes saying their SEAI solar panel grant is approved. You need this approval before works can commence.
Next is to get your solar panels installed and "commissioned", which is the fancy term for running the standard tests and turning your new system on.
As soon as your system is up and running we can send our paperwork into the SEAI. This is to confirm to the SEAI that we, as an SEAI registered solar installer, have fitted your system and it is up and running.
You also need a post-works BER certificate with your new improved building energy rating.
It normally takes them around 6 weeks from receiving that confirmation until the money is in your account.
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 house 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
Applications must be submitted by private individuals and not by 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.
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.
You will receive notification that the grant has been approved via email. The first thing that must happen is that applicants must ensure that they accept their grant offer and the attaching terms and conditions.
Once you have accepted your grant offer, you have 8 months to complete the works and submit the all required documentation to the SEAI.
The next step is that your installation company must apply to ESB Networks to connect the solar PV system to the electricity network. They must do this before installing the solar PV system. This application process takes about 4 weeks.
Once this is complete, your installation company can begin your installation.
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.
No. Grant approval from SEAI must be in place before any purchase of materials or commencement of any works. Any installation or expenditure incurred before this will be deemed ineligible.
No. The SEAI will only release grant payments once it receives confirmation that all the works and measures have been completed and the installation company has been paid.
When all the relevant documentation has been submitted online, it takes around 6 weeks for the SEAI to process your claim and make the payment. However, occasionally the SEAI will conduct inspections (see below, other information on grants). When this happens, your payment will take a little longer.
Payments are only made by electronic fund transfer (EFT) into the bank account nominated by the homeowner on the application.
Once the solar panel installation has been complete, you must get a post works BER rating carried out on your home. We endeavour to make the whole process as easy as possible for you. Therefore, if you wish, we will organise this for you as an optional extra. Just speak with our engineer and let him know you would like us to take care of this for you, and we will arrange everything.
When the post works BER rating is done, we will complete a 'Declaration of Works' Form, which describes 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.
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 homeowners before such inspections. Where selected, applicants are required to grant access to their home for inspection within a specified period, failure of which may lead to grant refusal or grant clawback. Applicants must give access to their home 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
You can also find out more on the SEAI's website about Solar Electricity Grants .
The Citizen's Information website also has a good page about Individual home energy upgrade grants (Better Energy Homes) , which covers the solar grants amongst other home improvement grants.
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