Harnessing Solar Energy in Irish Homes: Top 20 FAQs Answered Simply

Harnessing Solar Energy in Irish Homes: Top 16 FAQs Answered Simply

Harnessing Solar Energy in Irish Homes: Top 20 FAQs Answered Simply
  1. Why Should I Consider Solar Energy for My Home?

Solar energy helps reduce electricity bills, lowers carbon emissions, and decreases dependence on fossil fuels, supporting Ireland’s shift to renewable energy.

The SEAI currently has a grant fpr up to €2,100 per household. Our team can help with your application.

2. What Are Solar Panels and How Do They Work?

Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity using solar cells made from silicon. The generated electricity is then converted to a usable form for homes.

3. How Can I Determine if My Home is Suitable for Solar Panels?

Call ePower on 01 9029800. We can check your roof’s orientation, angle, condition, and potential shading from trees or buildings. We can ensure your roof can support the panels and design with your energy needs in mind.

4. What Are the Main Benefits of Installing Solar Panels?

Solar panels lower electricity bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and can even generate income by selling excess energy back to the grid. Enrol in a net metering program to sell excess electricity back to the grid and earn credits or payments. Ensure you understand the specific tariffs and have a bi-directional meter installed.

(HOW TO SELL BACK TO THE GRID LINK)

5. What is the Solar Panel Installation Process in Ireland?

Watch this short video to see how our team can make the process straightforward. From deposit to installation, allow for 4-6 weeks.

6. What Are the Government Grants and Incentives for Solar Panels?

The SEAI offers grants for solar panel installation. Other incentives include tax breaks and feed-in tariffs for selling excess energy back to the grid. LINKS HERE

7. What Can I Expect from Solar Panel Efficiency and Performance in Ireland?

Solar panels in Ireland work efficiently even in less sunny conditions. Optimal orientation and modern technology can help maximize energy production.

8. What Are the Different Battery Systems for Solar Panels?

Batteries store excess solar energy for later use. Types include lead-acid (cheaper but bigger) lithium-ion (more expensive but more efficient), and newer options like saltwater and flow batteries.

9.What is the Maintenance and Upkeep of Solar Panels?

Solar panels need minimal maintenance: regular cleaning, periodic inspections, and monitoring system performance. Inverters may need replacement every 10-15 years.

10. Will I Increase My Home’s BER Rating with Solar Panels?

Yes, solar panels improve your Building Energy Rating by reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency, which can also boost your property’s value.

11, Can I Use Solar Panels to Charge My EV?

Yes, solar panels can charge electric vehicles directly or through battery storage, making it cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

12. Are There Solar Panel Warranties and Insurance in Ireland?

Solar panels come with product and performance warranties (10-25 years). You can also extend home insurance to cover solar panels or get specialized renewable energy insurance.

13. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of a Solar Panel System and How Can I Avoid Them?

Common issues include improper installation, shading, and roof condition. Avoid these by choosing certified, experienced installers and conducting thorough site assessments.

14. How Can I Determine the Number of Solar Panels for My Roof?

That’s where we come in. Our team of renewable energy specialists at ePower will be with you from initial enquiry to post installation performance monitoring.

15. How Can I Estimate the Energy Output from My Solar Panels?

Let us do it for you! Our assessments using specialist technology can provide an estimated production forecast based on panel orientation and location.

16. Does the Orientation of My Roof Affect the Output from the Solar Panels?

Yes, south-facing roofs are ideal. East or west-facing roofs produce about 80% of the energy of south-facing ones, while north-facing roofs are less efficient.

Switching to solar energy is not only an environmentally conscious decision but also a financially smart move for Irish homeowners. By installing solar panels, you can reduce your energy bills, increase your home’s value, and contribute to a sustainable future. For more detailed information, check out our comprehensive guide on the Top 20 FAQs about Solar Panel Installation in Ireland. [NB – Put correct link in here once longer version is uploaded]

Ready to take the next step? Contact ePower today to understand Solar Savings with ePower for a no-obligation consultation and personalised solar power quotation.

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