The grants scheme offers up to 60% of
the completed installation cost to a maximum grant value of €9,300
which pre-supposes a cost price of up to €15,500 for the 6kWp Solar PV
array with 4.5kW hours of battery storage.
A typical 6kWp installation would
comprise of 20 PV panels of 300W capacity each, the panels measure approx.
1 metre by 1.65 metres requiring an area of 33 metres squared, preferably
placed on a South facing slope, but South East and South West facing roofs
perform very well also.
The PV panels can be mounted
on a suitable farm building roof or ground mounted on a frame.
Depending on geographical location,
panel orientation and angle the 6kWp Solar PV array can produce up to
5,500kW Hours or Electrical Units a year, with intelligent use of equipment
(matching load to PV power output) and the battery storage facility
for night time consumption, all of this will replace energy purchased from your
TIRGLAS Limited will facilitate
applications under this measure and we will continue to be competitive in
pricing. As are all TAMS applications this will also be completed on line. We
will also post on our web site a solar map of Ireland and a solar orientation
map for your information.
We will also strive to get the best
price in suppliers of the PV panels so that you get the best options. We would
recommend that before any decision be made that a desk study be completed and
that you have all the facts in hand before a final decision can be made.
We can be contacted at the numbers
listed on our site yourcommonage.ie.
Keep in mind that when there are grants
available there are unscrupulous companies cold calling, conducting surveys
under the premise of energy audits, then offering to send an
"engineer" to advise on their energy bills. The pointer to look for
is the sweet-talking appointment booker who will insist that both
parties (husband and wife) are present when the consultation is booked.
Then there follows a carefully
rehearsed, psychological, pressurised sales process, with the sales
persons reluctant to leave even after two or three hours without procuring a
sale secured with a deposit, insisting that the heavily discounted offered
price (usually still inflated) is dependent on the owners signing up on the
A reputable company employs only
salaried sales and consultancy personnel, leaving the quotation with the client
to review for a period of a week or so. We would recommend that you source a
company whom is registered or you can contact us so that we can do that for
Photovoltaic or PV solar panels enable the
householder, business owner or farmer to generate you’re their own FREE
electricity during daylight hours for self-consumption.
Installed on your roof or on a frame on
your property, PV solar panels generate a DC electrical current such as used in
a motor vehicle, the more panels installed the greater the current. An inverter
then converts the DC power to AC power which then runs all the electrical
appliances in your building.
So now during daylight you can power your
lights, cooker, oven, washer, dryer, fridge, freezer, TV, etc, in your home and
with a connector you can charge your new electric car.
The excess electricity not used can be
diverted to heat your hot water via an immersion heater or your heat pump, alternatively
excess power can be stored with a battery pack for night time use, all for
On your farm or commercial premises you
use your own generated electricity for lights, heating, washing, chilling,
machinery, etc, reducing the amount purchased from your utility company.
You may also be enhancing your Green
credentials by be reducing your use of fossil fuels with a subsequent reduction
in carbon emissions.
Building Energy Rating (BER).
If you wish to improve the BER rating on
your existing or new build home installing i energy PV panels can be the most
cost effective method, some new planning conditions insist on a PV
installation. (check regs with your architect)
*That is when the capital cost of the PV
is covered, which can be in as little as five to seven years, depending on size
of PV array, initial cost and government grants or incentives. Our PV panels
have a guaranteed output for 25 years.
How do PV solar panels work?
Photovoltaics is the conversion of light
into electricity, photo meaning light and voltaic meaning volt, or electricity.
Scientists working on space projects a few
decades ago, discovered that some materials such as silicone formed into cells
will generate electricity if exposed to light.
The amount of electricity generated by one
cell is relativity little, so usually 60 cells are arranged to form a module or
solar panel with an output of 300 watts from our standard panel.
A number of solar panels connected
together becomes an array producing a useable quantity of electricity. A
domestic PV system produces approximately 1kW for every three or four panels
installed. Commercial PV installations or Solar Farms could have hundreds of
solar panels in the array.
If the panels are only generating 60% of
the power that your home requires, the 40% balance will come in from the ESB
grid as it normally would.
So, if you install a
solar PV solar panel system, you will benefit from reduced electricity bills
forever, your BER will be increased and your green credentials will be greatly
new renewable energy grants available for Irish farms Up to €10m available to
fund on-farm renewables
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced a
series of exciting new grants available for Irish farms under the TAMS on-farm
investment scheme. The new measure will make €10m worth of grants available for
energy efficiencies and renewable energy technologies, following a
comprehensive review of the TAMS scheme designed to increase its focus on
today Minister Creed commented “a comprehensive review of the investment items
available under TAMS has been carried out by my Department. The review factored
in the latest available technologies to further drive energy efficiency at farm
level and reduce electricity use on farms. This is part of the wider drive to
position Irish agriculture as a global leader in sustainability and these
investments will further enhance those credentials”.
grants will be available for farmers from the next tranche of TAMS opening 5
April next. Eligible investments include:
Solar PV Installation on Farms – to extend current availability under the
scheme to all sectors. Grant aid in this initial pilot phase of up to
€9,300 or up to 60% of the overall cost will be available to fund a 6kWp solar
Lighting –all lighting funded under the scheme will be required to be LED
lighting. LED Lighting uses a fraction of the electricity consumed by
conventional lighting. The current specifications for TAMS II include lighting
in all new farm structures. In future, only LED lighting only will now be grant
concluded “I have listened to Irish farmers on this issue and their
enthusiasm to invest in on-farm renewable technologies. I am pleased to be
responding with these new grants. The TAMS scheme is already a significant
investor in improving energy efficiency on Irish farms and we keep the scheme
under constant review. Any new and emerging technologies will continue to be
monitored with a view to their inclusion in future if feasible”.
TAMS II provides grant aid for a number of investments specifically aimed at
improving energy efficiency in the farming sector. Examples of these include
Plate coolers, Heat Transfer Units and Internal Ice Builders for the Dairy
Sector. The Pigs and Poultry Scheme and the Young Farmer Capital Investment
Scheme provides grant aid for biomass boilers, electrical heat pads, energy
efficient LED lighting, indirect heating systems, solar panels for water
heating and electricity production, ventilation fans and control systems,
insulation for doors, roofs and walls, air source heat pumps and heat recovery
Solar panels which generate DC electricity when exposed to light are known as
‘solar photovoltaic (PV) modules’. The economics for solar PV work best when
all of the electricity generated is used on the farm. Energy generated will
solely be for agricultural use on the farm
A solar PV system size for a dairy farm of approx. 5.5kWp combined with a
4.5kWh of battery storage capacity. Grant aid in this initial pilot phase will
be to fund a 6kWp solar system. Costs are based on the cost of installation of
a 6kWp solar system; this includes a battery which is necessary to capture the
energy output thereby making it economically viable. At this maximum size the
grant provided at the 40% rate would be €6,200 and at 60% it would be €9,300.
The allocated budget for TAMS II over the full course of the RDP is €395m. The
budget for 2019 is €70m.
a suite of seven measures for on-farm investments available under the TAMS
scheme which has been opened for applications in rolling three month tranches.