ESB Smart Meter Rollout

The Smart Meter rollout has begun! and the new Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) scheme is on its way

Back in May 2021 we published a blog post on the much anticipated changes to the current pilot support scheme for domestic solar. The grant currently available from SEAI (up to €3000) towards the cost of installing a solar PV system continues to prove very popular. Further support is being provided by ESB Networks who have made the commitment to getting a smart meter installed in every home with solar PV within 4 months of notification. You will learn the significance of having a smart meter in your home throughout this article. On the other hand, a payment scheme for

solar panels cost ireland

Solar Panels Ireland Cost

Isn’t it time to take control of your energy bills? With the costs of electricity in Ireland, solar panels present an intriguing alternative. These eco-friendly powerhouses have a wide price range, influenced by factors like the number of panels, their quality, and additional features you might choose. So what are the cost of solar panels in Ireland. Though top-tier panels may be pricier upfront, they often provide superior efficiency and durability, making them a cost-effective choice in the long run. But what about maintenance costs? Let’s peel back the layers of this solar story to discover the true costs and

Thermodynamic Solar Panels

Thermodynamic Solar Panels

If your main issue to resolve is an efficient and eco friendly way to heat water then Thermodynamic Solar Panels might be worth considering. Unlike their traditional counterparts solar panels, they don’t solely rely on sunlight but rather draw upon the ambient air to heat your water, offering a consistent and eco-friendly hot water supply. As you consider the advantages of integrating this technology into your home or business, you’ll likely weigh its potential to significantly reduce your energy bills against the initial setup cost. However, before making any decisions, it’s crucial to explore both the bright possibilities and the

The history of the development of IEC 60364

IEC 60364 is an international standard that specifies requirements for electrical installations in buildings. It provides guidelines and regulations to ensure electrical safety, efficiency, and reliability in various types of structures, including residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The development of IEC 60364 is a result of efforts by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a global organization that develops and publishes international standards for electrical and electronic technologies. Here’s an overview of the history and development of IEC 60364: It’s important to refer to the latest edition and updates of IEC 60364 for the most current and accurate information on electrical

Solar Panel Installation – How to get it right

Installing solar panels on your home is not a trivial matter. Apart from the financial cost of the installation, it is a very complicated and technical endeavour requiring very specific skills and training. You will need roofers, scaffolders and electricians specifically trained on solar installations. Typically, your local electrician doesn’t do this kind of work because of the challenges involved. Think about it: You are installing a power generating & possibly storage system in your home. Over the months and years, megawatts of electricity are going to be generated, possibly stored in a battery, and then fed into your home

VAT reduction on Solar Panels

National press reported Sunday that the government intends to reduce VAT on the sale and installation of solar panels. VAT is currently charged at a rate of 13.5%. This saving will reduce the time it will take to recover the costs of your solar panel installation. Press coverage reports that this will reduce payback time from 7 years to 6 years. While if true, this news is welcome, after many years of lobbying, an official announcement from government clarifying the details of when and how the change will take affect has not been made. Will the reduction only be for

Is it worth getting a battery with solar panels?

  First of all, it is important to say you do not need to have a battery with your solar panels . It will work perfectly well without them. If you do not have batteries as part of your solar panel system, you also can get away with a normal inverter and not a hybrid inverter that is required if you have batteries. If you do not know what an inverter is click here for an explanation.   Obviously if you do not have a battery connected to your PV system then any power your panels generate but you do

Why do I need a Solar Panel Inverter?

Solar panels generate DC electricity. DC stands for Direct Current. The electric grid uses AC electricity. AC here stands for Alternating Current.  Your inverter ‘converts’ the DC electricity from your solar panels to AC electricity to use in your home. Modern solar panel inverters do a lot more than just convert DC to AC, they also monitor and report on the performance of your solar panel system. If you are using an app to monitor the performance of your solar panels, then that information is coming from your inverter. Another function of inverters is to disconnect your solar panel system

Are solar panels recyclable?

With the massive growth in generating solar power using solar panels many are wondering if we are creating a big problem for the future. What are we going to do with all those solar panels when they reach their end of life. Well, the good news is that solar panels are recyclable. Solar panels typically last for 20 – 25 years and so most panels in use now will not be hitting the recycle bins for many years yet.  When they do it is estimated that by 2050 recycled panels will release about 2 billion dollars’ worth of material for