SEAI Grants 2022: Solar Panel Grant Ireland | A bittersweet update from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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A bittersweet update from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as we move into a new phase of domestic solar PV.

Back in October 2021, we published a blog post on the highly anticipated changes to the SEAI grants reportedly coming into affect in 2022.

If you haven’t read this post, we strongly recommend you take the time to do so. You will learn about the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) scheme set to be introduced this year; with the primary objective of compensating homeowners for the clean energy they produce and subsequently export back to the grid. These payments are now in operation but price around as how much is paid for the electricity you export can vary quite a bit depending on who you use as your electricity provider.

Additionally, you will become familiar with ESB Networks Smart Meter rollout and how this relates to the CEG scheme.

Nevertheless, the time has come to draw attention to the recent changes SEAI have announced regarding their solar PV grants.

SEAI battery grant removed


BER Requirement Lifted

Thankfully, the requirement to have a minimum C BER rating is being lifted. Homeowners excluded to this point because their BER rating is too low will be eligible for the PV grant from Tuesday February 15th onwards.

Once again, SEAI have made solar PV a viable option for more homeowners by making their grants available to a larger cohort of people.

Homeowners striving to improve their BER rating and ultimately reduce the price of their bills can now give a stronger consideration to solar PV.

seai solar pv grant

To recap, if you qualify for the grant under the existing regime (up to February 15th 2022) and have received or are waiting on a proposal with a battery, apply (Step-by-Step Guide) for the grant before Tuesday (February 15th 2022).

If you don’t qualify for the grant under the existing regime, you could well qualify under the new scheme. Homes built and occupied up to the 31st of December 2020 are now eligible for the grant, and the minimum C BER rating no longer applies. Seize the opportunity!

SEAI Grant for Solar Panels

So lets see how you get the maximum grant post these new updates.

  • The maximum grant you can now get is €2400
  • You can get €900 per kW installed up the a maximum of 2kW. So the limit here is €1,800
  • You can get €300 per kW installed for the next 2kW if a battery is also installed, so the limit here is €600
  • So if your system is at least 4KW then you can qualify for the full grant of €2400

The grant application is very easy and straight forward, you normally get an answer to your application in 24 to 48 hours. If you are awarded the grant you can sit on it for 6 months before taking action.

Once your panels are installed Solar Share will deal with all of the paper work associated with drawing down the grant. You normally only have to wait a few weeks to see the grant money in your bank account after the install is completed.


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