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These days, more people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their energy bills at the same time. Solar panels are an obvious choice to help you achieve this. If you’re thinking about installing Solar PV panels to generate your own electricity and cut your energy costs, you probably have a few questions.

Getting the most out of your Solar PV panels. When electricity is generated using Solar PV panels, you may generate more energy than you require. The best time to generate electricity is in the middle of the day. When a Diverter or a Battery Storage system is installed, these will help you utilise excess electricity to achieve optimum usage from solar generated energy.

An installed Diverter will monitor Solar PV generated power and electricity demand in the home or commercial premises. When excess energy is generated, the Diverter will use that excess generated power to heat your water.

Another option is to add a Battery Storage Unit which will allow you to store excess electricity that your Solar PV panels have generated.

Grants are available from the SEAI for Solar PV installations. Present financial supports are;

  • €900 per kWp up to 2kWp
  • €1800 for 2kWp solar panels
  • €2100 for 3kWp solar panels
  • €300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp
  • Total Solar PV grant capped at €2400

There is also a grant available of €600 for the installation of a battery storage system.

  • There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration, such as the location of your home or commercial premises, and the angle and aspect of the roof you wish to have panels fitted to. South facing is preferred.
  • Your daily electricity usage has an impact, using appliances during the day can be more economical than only using electricity in the evening.
  • A Diverter when utilised will increase savings, where unused excess can be diverted to heating water.
  • A Battery Storage Unit is the most efficient way to benefit from energy generated by Solar PV panels. Significant savings can be achieved when Solar PV panels are combined with a battery storage system and a day/night meter. The battery storage system takes advantage of cheaper Night Saver electricity rates which will help to power your home or premises for less during the day.

When you install a SOLARCRAFT Solar PV energy system in your home or business premises, you benefit by saving money immediately and in the future on your energy bills.

Deciding to ‘Go Solar’ is a ‘Clean, Green and Smart’ investment in your future. Savings will vary depending on your energy supplier rates at any given time.

Solar panels, have many environmental and health benefits. ‘Going Solar’ reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Solar PV panels convert daylight into electricity and provide renewable energy source for your home or business premises with zero emissions or any negative impact on the environment.

As we are in a changing world, with pressures on traditional fossil fuel energy markets, such as oil and gas we need to make the transition towards renewable energy resources. Solar generated electricity benefits us all by harnessing the power of free daylight, and greatly reduces our dependency on the National Grid.

By adding a Diverter or Battery Storage System in your home or business, any excess solar electricity generated, you will reduce your energy demand significantly.

Now is the time to consider installing a money saving solar powered system in your home or business. It has never been easier to generate, renewable free electricity from daylight and the suns energy.

By ‘Going Solar’, you benefit from the cost savings and our environment benefits from reduced carbon emissions.

The easiest way to find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) is to take a look at your utility electricity bill. 

Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity.

South facing roofs with no shade, and space to fit either Solar PV or Solar Thermal panel systems are ideal for installations. However, in many cases there are alternatives if your home or business property doesn’t have the ideal aspect, our trained team can guide you on the best course of action and answer your questions, give us a call to discuss your needs.

Solar power systems that include solar batteries, known as solar-plus-storage, are increasingly popular. A Battery is not necessary for most solar homeowners. As long as you are connected to the national grid, your system does not need a battery. Excess power goes back into the national grid, and when necessary, you can draw from the grid if you need more electricity than your panels can generate.

In general, solar panels are very durable and well capable of withstanding Irish weather. Over time some components of your solar power system may need to be replaced at different times, but as there a little or no moving parts, these should be minimal, your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.

Still have questions?

We are happy to arrange a quick call to go through your questions with you, as well as give you guidance to start your own personal green journey to a more sustainable life! 
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