If you’re thinking about switching to solar energy in your home, then you may be wondering if you need planning permission for solar panels. And rightly so, considering the recent changes in the regulations.
We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the current regulations, as well as the benefits of solar power and the grants that are available to property owners in Ireland.
Now more than ever, financial and environmental concerns are at the top of most people’s priority lists — and solar power offers a solution to both at the same time.
Solar power is the best clean energy option we have right now and it’s a great example of how technology can help us in the fight against climate change.
One of the greatest benefits of solar energy is that it is a truly renewable source of energy. As long as the sun exists, we will have access to solar power — and it’s not going anywhere for at least 5 billion years!
In addition, it is not a finite energy source like fossil fuels. By utilising solar power we can greatly reduce our dependence on coal, oil and natural gas.
By generating your own electricity, you will rely less on the utility suppliers — meaning that you should see a significant reduction in your bills. How much you save depends on the types and sizes of the panels you install.
In addition, advanced solar battery technology has made it possible to store excess energy which, in some cases, you can then sell back to the grid, putting even more money back into your pocket.
Solar power is the ultimate environmentally-friendly energy source as it does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions or water pollution.
Once installed, solar PV panels are very easy to maintain and should last between 25 and 30 years. They simply need to be cleaned from time to time to maintain high levels of productivity.
Another major benefit of solar energy production is that it does not create any noise, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbours!
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of solar power, let’s take a look at the updated regulations surrounding planning permission.
The short answer is no — in most cases, you do not need planning permission to install PV panels. In previous years, planning permission was required for panels bigger than 12 square metres on homes and 50 square metres on businesses.
However, as of October 2022, several roadblock restrictions were lifted and property owners are now free to install as many solar panels as they like without planning permission and with no restrictions on size.
As long as property owners adhere to construction safety regulations, they can put up as many solar panels as they like.
A handful of restrictions apply in the following cases:
Yes, there is a Solar Electricity Grant available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and the lifting of restrictions surrounding planning permission also removes some of the initial costs for property owners.
This once-off grant helps to cover the purchase and installation costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for your home or business. These panels capture the light from the sun and convert it into electricity that can power your home appliances.
To find out if you qualify for a grant, check the eligibility criteria here.
As well as installing solar panels to harness energy from the sun, there are lots of other ways you can make your home more energy efficient.
Here are some simple tips that you can implement starting today:
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We pride ourselves on the expertise, workmanship and customer care delivered by our team and the excellent reputation we have built over the years.
To learn more about how you can combat the rising cost of living while creating a more energy-efficient home, get in touch with us today!