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Ques­tion: I heard that there is a new grant scheme for in­stalling so­lar pan­els in your home. How does the scheme work and do I qual­ify?

An­swer: The So­lar PV scheme gives grants to in­stall so­lar pho­to­voltaic (PV) pan­els and a bat­tery en­ergy stor­age sys­tem at your home. This means you can gen­er­ate and use re­new­able elec­tric­ity in your home and re­duce your elec­tric­ity costs. The So­lar PV scheme is a pi­lot scheme ad­min­is­tered by the Sus­tain­able En­ergy Author­ity of Ire­land (SEAI).

To qual­ify for a grant you must: Be the owner of a home built and oc­cu­pied be­fore 2011 (or a home con­structed af­ter 2011 that was built to the 2008 Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions)

Use new ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts that were not al­ready cov­ered un­der an­other grant pro­gramme

Use a reg­is­tered con­trac­tor from the SEAI’s Re­new­able In­stall­ers Reg­is­ter for So­lar PV

Have the elec­tri­cal work com­pleted by a Safe Elec­tric Ire­land elec­tri­cian

Ap­ply to be con­nected to the elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem us­ing the ESB Net­works NC6 form (pdf)

Have a Build­ing En­ergy Rat­ing (BER) car­ried out af­ter the work is com­pleted

Agree to par­tic­i­pate in SEAI re­search about the scheme

The grant cov­ers ma­te­ri­als and labour, un­less you are a con­trac­tor do­ing the work in your own home. In this case only the cost of the ma­te­ri­als is cov­ered.

When the SEAI pay­ment sys­tem opens (in Oc­to­ber 2018) you can claim your grant on­line and it will be paid di­rectly into your bank ac­count.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Ci­ti­zens In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre be­low.

Know Your Rights has been com­piled by Kerry Ci­ti­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice which pro­vides a free and con­fi­den­tial ser­vice to the pub­lic. Con­tact us in Tralee on Tel: 0761 07 7860 Kil­lar­ney 0761 07 7820, Lis­towel 0761 07 7840 Ken­mare 0761 07 7810, & Ca­her­civeen 0761 07 7780. Outreaches: Kil­lor­glin (weekly) & Din­gle (Monthly)

An­swer­ing the ques­tions at the Jig­saw fundrais­ing Ta­ble Quiz in The Ashe Ho­tel,Tralee on Thurs­day evening, So­phie Han­ley,Laura May­cock,Grainne Quirke and Shan­non Quigley.

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