Solar panels on the roof of your home will generate free electricity for you & your family for the next 25 years. Every two months for the next 25 years when you get your electricity bill you will see significant reductions in your electricity costs.
As the cost of electricity goes up, so does the amount of money you are saving. As well as significant savings on your electricity costs your use of a renewable energy souce will also reduce your carbon footprint and so help in the fight against climate change.
At times your system will generate more electricity than you can use at that moment, that excess power will be exported back to the grid. You will now get paid for the power you send back to the grid. The amount you get paid will appear as a credit on your electricity bill and so reduce your energy costs even further.
You will be less reliant on the grid for power and so make you more secure in how you power your home.
Get in touch today to learn how you could generate up to 80% of your own electricity by harnessing the power of the sun.
5 Reasons To Choose SolarShare as your PV Installation Partner
- We can help you save up to €2400 by capitalizing on the SEAI grant
- We know that one size does not fit all. We are dedicated to ensuring your solar photovoltaic solution is designed to meet your unique needs.
- We have been successfully installing solar sytems for many years and have hundreds of happy customers.
- We will organise the BER cert for you as part of our installation service.
- Our after sales service is second to none. We are always there for our customers if they have any issues or questions.
The ideal solar electric installation for your home
This is a significant investment and so it is key that you get the solar configuration that is best suited to you.
Many factors can affect the solar system you may wish to install on your home. Here at Solar Share we take the time to work with you to design the ideal system for your needs.
Factors involved in designing your ideal solar system are as follows
- How suitable your roof is for solar depends on how many panels can be placed on the roof. What is the orientation of the roof, south facing is great but roofs that are a combination of east and west facing roofs also work really well. Is there any trees shading the roof.
- What is your budget for your installation.
- How much power do you currently use in your home.
- Do you have or plan to buy an electric car.
- How do you heat your home, do you plan to install an air pump.
- How many people are in the house, are they in the house all day or is it empty from 9 – 5.
- Do you want a battery as part of your solar installation.
- Your own personal goals when installing pv panels.
Our solar survey is the first step in gathering this information. Providing us with your Eircode will allow us to determine the potential of your location to generate power.
This information, along with the details outlined about which you bring to the table form the basis of a detailed consultation that will determine your ideal solar setup.
Our objective in this process is to ensure you understand fully what you are buying , why you are buying it , the benefit it will bring to you, the full panels costs and all other costs involved.
This process takes as long as it takes to ensure you get all the information you need to make the best decision for your home and family.
There is no cost or obligation involved in this process for you.
If you choose to use Solar Share it normally takes 2 3 months to deliver.
SEAI Grants available for Irish homes
The grants available from The SEAI is now €2400. This is towards the costs of the install. As you now get paid for exporting excess power to the grid the government has taken away the €600 that was available towards the costs of battery storage for your system. Click here to read more about the recent changes to the SEAI grants
Once approved, the money will be available for you to draw down for up to 6 months. The application process is really easy. You get an answer in 24 hours. So all you need to do is first get a quote from SolarShare for your optimum solar installation. and then just follow our simple three step guide to the SEAI Grants.
Once your installation has been done we engage with The SEAI on your behalf , we do all of the paper work and form filling to allow you to collect your payment.
How Your Panels Generate Electricity?
In Ireland SolarShare like all other installers install solar PV panels. PV stands for photovoltaic, that means the panel extracts solar energy from light.
Solar needs daylight (‘diffuse’ light) not sunlight (‘direct’ light), so this makes them an ideal option for use in Ireland.
You may find this hard to believe that despite all the rain we get we live in a county that is well placed to harness the solar energy of the sun.
We get great light all over Ireland but it is best along the east coast of Ireland as you can see from the image of Ireland. Darker areas have the best light so you are in luck if your looking to generate solar energy in Dublin, Kildare or any of these other counties Louth, Wicklow, Meath, WestMeath, Kilkenny, Carlow or Offaly
The solar cells that make up your panels are actually less efficient when it is too hot so Irelands bright but not too hot conditions can be ideal. During winter when we get those bright but cold days you will see that your panels are working particularly extracting solar energy from the light.
The panels available in Ireland today generates electricity, in the past all they did was give you hot water. This means you can use your solar panels to power anything in your home that uses electricity.
So, it is clear that Ireland is a good location for for generating electricity using solar and the modern hardware been used by Irish installers offer the maximum benefit to Irish consumers, in particular in Dublin and along the east coast.
Solar Panels Ireland Cost
The typical range is €6000 to €17,000 before applying any SEAI grants.
However, the exact cost to join solar Ireland depends on many factors. In particular the following 2 factors drive cost.
How many photovoltaic panels you choose to have installed on your roof and if you choose to have a battery as part of your solar electric system.
You can request a free remote SolarSurvey here or add your details to the form you see on this page and we will perform a solar survey on your home. This will allow us to determine the potential of your roof for generating electricity. This information will help you decide on how many panels you should get installed.
Save up to €2400 with an SEAI grant. If the upfront costs seem too much to you, then we’ve got good news. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is awarding grants of up to €2400 to eligible homeowners. You can check your eligibility here.
Since the new Clean Export Guarantee scheme was rolled out you will now be paid for any electricity you generate but do not use, this will help to cover the installation costs.
The government has announced that VAT will now not be charged on the purchase and installation of solar panels. According to their figures this will see reductions of around €1000 on a €9000 spend.
How much electricity can you generate on your roof?
The chart below is a screenshot from the Solis app some of our customers use to monitor their energy production and use. What you are seeing is the record of solar power generated on their roof during March 2022. As you can see it was a great month with 672.8kWh generated. This is from a 5.4kwh system, south facing and based on the Monaghan Fermanagh border.
Take our SolarSurvey by entering your Eircode into the form you see on this page and we will be able to give you an estimate of how much power you can generate on your roof all year round.
Will I get paid for electricity generated and sent to the grid?
Yes you will.
As of February of 2022 the legislation has been passed in The Dáil that allows for the payment of what is called the Feed In Tariff for excess power generated by your panels.
By the end of August 2022 most companies will declare how much they are going to offer to their customers who send unused electricity back into the grid. So far the following prices have been announced , Pinergy will pay 13.5c per kWh, SSE Airtricity & Electric Ireland will pay 14c per kWh, Energia will pay 18c per kWh and Bord Gais will pay 18.5c per kWh. Flogas come out on top paying 20c per kWh.
This is another great reason why solar panels are worth it in Ireland.
We do advise our clients if possible to use as much of the power they generate in their own homes. Whatever you get paid for selling your electricity back to the grid, it will not be close to the cost you pay when you buy electricity. Batteries are a great way to store electricity generated by solar systems so you can use that solar energy later.
Who makes the best solar pv panels?
We only use the best equipment for our installations and will advise on the best choice for you. The list of manufacturers is a long one, but with any list, it can be sorted by who sells the most panels.
Of course, the most is not necessarily the best. The table below is a summary of which manufacturers have appeared most frequently in the annual independent test report (2020, 2021) published by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL). Each panel tested is run through a rigorous array of industry tests to determine performance and reliability.
Solar Energy = Energy Security
When you install solar pv panels on your home, you won’t be disconnected from the Irish grid. You just won’t have to rely on it as much. The beauty of solar panels is that you are generating your own power. No matter what is going on elsewhere in the country, you’ve always got your own clean, renewable source of energy.
It also means that your energy costs are largely fixed. So no matter how oil or gas prices fluctuate with the market, most of your energy is always going to be free. Sunshine doesn’t cost a thing. And, as the price of energy increases over the years with inflation, your solar panels will actually be saving you more!
Battery for Electricity storage
Along with solar panels, you may also install a battery. This is a must-have if you want to use all the electricity you generate in your home. You see, solar power needs to be used or stored immediately as it is generated. Otherwise it is exported back to the grid. A battery gives you somewhere to store that extra energy until you need to use it.
As we have already said you can sell your excess energy back to the grid. Each different electricity provider will pay a different amount per kWh for the power you export. This fee is call the Feed In Tariff or FIT for short.
Some will decide that they do not need a battery due to the extra costs and are happy to sell any power not used back to the grid to help reduce their costs.
During a review of your solar survey data we not only discuss how much power you can generate but we also look at how you consume power. This will help you determine if you need a battery or not.
State of The Art Equipment
If your solar system is going to give the best return on your investment it has got to be built to last. That is why we use only the best equipment for every installation. Our solar PV panels are built to last well over 25 years. And our batteries are warrantied for 10 years, but tend to function much longer than that. Beyond state of the art hardware, though, you can also count on professional installation. There is a lot that can go wrong with solar power.
Your panels need to be installed safely to avoid damaging the roof. The battery and inverter need to be properly connected to your home system. And the whole setup needs to be tied into the power grid. The good news is that when you choose SolarShare, you are choosing an expert company who you can trust to get the job done right.
Service You Can Count On
No two solar panel installations are 100% the same. Every home is unique. That’s why SolarShare prides itself on offering bespoke configurations to meet your exact needs. Some roofs have less room for panels. Others don’t need to generate as much power. And every homeowner is running on a different budget.
We find the happy point between your home and your power needs in order to create a solar system that maximizes the free energy you can generate without overburdening you with unnecessary costs.
Monitor Energy Generation & Use
Once we have finished the installation we set you up with a solar monitoring app that you can use to keep track of exactly how your panels are performing. Through our mobile app, you can view valuable information about your energy generation and consumption.
Our app will tell you how much electricity your solar panels are generating, how much power your house is currently using, how much you are currently exporting to the grid and how much power is in your battery if you have one.
Equipped with data of your own energy use, you’ll be better informed to maximize your system’s capacity and efficiency.
You can see here that when this screenshot was taken the system was performing at 100% efficiency.
3 Ways Solar Panels Benefit Everyone
By going solar, you are doing more than just making a smart financial investment. Every homeowner who installs solar panels is benefiting all of us. Here’s how:
You bolster our economy. The majority of this countries power is imported fossil fuels. Every home that generates its own power means less money going abroad to pay for this.
You protect our energy security. When we don’t have to rely as heavily on foreign fuels, we ensure reliable and affordable access to energy in the future. More domestically generated energy means less risk for us as a nation due to political or environmental disasters abroad that might reduce or cut off our energy supply.
You reduce our carbon footprint. Switching to solar reduces the average home’s carbon emissions by about 1 metric ton annually. That’s the equivalent of burning more than 1,000 pounds of coal. Over the lifetime of your system, you are preventing 25 metric tons or more of harmful greenhouse gasses from being released into the atmosphere. Your children and grand-children will thank you for this.
Get Your Free Solar Survey Today
If you’ve made it this far, we know you are serious about converting to solar. It’s an affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint and cut your energy bills in the long run. So today is the day to decide if SolarShare is right for you. Give us a call at 1800 814 213 or request your free SolarSurvey.
Learn how a professional solar system will help you create a brighter future for yourself.