Generate renewable electricity for your home using solar photovoltaic panels.

About the grant

This grant will help you install Solar PV panels in your home to generate renewable electricity. Learn about the grant values and how to apply.

Grant value for solar electricity

* the grant is paid on a pro rata basis e.g. for a 2.5kWp system the grant value would be €1,950

Grant name Value Example

Solar PV grant

€900 per kWp up to 2kWp

€1800 for 2kWp solar panels

 

€300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp

Total Solar PV grant capped at €2400

€2100 for 3kWp solar panels

€2400 for 4kWp solar panels

Who can apply

All homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built and occupied before 2021 can apply. This is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed. This is different to other grant measures where the home must be built before 2011.

 

Before you apply

Before you invest in Solar PV it's worth doing some research. See what the planning considerations are, estimate the payback and see if your home is ready for renewables.

Learn about Solar PV

How to apply

1. Find and appoint a registered SEAI solar PV company

Get quotes from a couple of registered companies. Choose a company and agree a formal contract with them to get the works done.

2. Apply to SEAI for grant offer

Apply for your grant and wait for your grant offer before you start the works. Do not start works until you receive the grant offer. Grant offers are valid for eight months.

3. Installer applies to ESB Networks

Your installer 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 at least 4 weeks / 20 working days.

4. Install solar PV panels

Your solar PV system can now be installed. You either pay the installer or make a payment agreement.

5. Arrange a post works BER

Before your grant can be processed you must get a post works BER carried out. You must engage a BER assessor to do this.

Top Tip – many homeowners forget this step and end up waiting longer for their grant payment. Try to get your BER arranged immediately after your solar PV has been installed. This will speed up your grant payment.

6. Contractor submits evidence of works to SEAI

Your solar PV company will give you the documentation related to your installation. They will submit copies to SEAI electronically.

Top Tip - SEAI can only process grant payment once your solar PV company has uploaded ALL of the required documentation. Try to get your solar PV company to upload ALL documentation ASAP after the installation, ideally within 1-3 days of completion.

7. SEAI process the claim

Applications for payment can only be processed once ALL documentation has been uploaded and the post works BER is complete and published by your BER assessor. From this point onwards, please allow up to 6 weeks for payment, with additional time if an inspection is required.

Compare home energy options

There are a number of options to get a full home energy upgrade. Compare them and take a step towards a warmer, more energy efficient home.

  • Individual Energy Upgrade Grants

    Selection of individual grants for home energy upgrades

    Part funded with SEAI grants

    Homeowners manage their upgrades including:

    • contractor selection
    • grant application
    • contractor works
    • follow up BER

    Who this is for

    • homeowners and landlords
  • One Stop Shop Service

    A complete home energy upgrade solution

    Part funded with SEAI grants

    Managed by a One Stop Shop including:

    • home energy assessment
    • grant application
    • project management
    • contractor works
    • follow up BER

    Who this is for

    • homeowners and landlords
  • Fully Funded Energy Upgrade

    For qualifying homeowners

    Fully funded by SEAI

    Managed by SEAI and includes:

    • home survey
    • contractor selection
    • contractor works
    • follow up BER

    Who this is for

    • qualifying homeowners in receipt of certain welfare benefits

Plan your home energy upgrade

Your home energy upgrade journey should be done in 3 steps. Following this process gives you the best results for your investment at every stage.

3 steps to a warmer home

Contact us

Call: 01808 2004
Email: solarpv@seai.ie