Solar PV Electricity is one of the World’s most reliable forms of renewable energy. It is very cost-effective to self generate electricity for all your farm needs. Peak performance is from March to October which is an ideal technology option for robotic dairy, poultry and pig farms – which are very significant users of electricity.
Solar PV is a well proven technology with very predictable generation over the year and, with no moving parts, there are little maintenance costs.
Renewable energy generation performance can be monitored on your phone through an App providing live data on energy consumption on the farm – which will help you manage your energy costs more effectively.
Solar PV is a very cost-effective solution for generating renewable electricity, and now is the right time to install it. If you generate a surplus during the day it can be automatically redirected into battery storage or into immersion diverters to heat water – which is going to be required in increasing quantities on dairy farms going forward.
Solar PV enjoys attractive grant options and qualifies for 100% tax write off in the year of installation and full VAT refunds.
Farmers can see a payback of less than five years on their solar PV investment and enjoy a dependable supply of renewable electricity for over 30 years, making it probably one of the best investments that any farmer can make to improve their sustainability credentials.
Solar panels on dairy, beef and tillage farms can now receive grant aid under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS).
Dairy, beef and tillage farmers will get full grant support for up to 11kWp of solar PV and 6kWp of battery storage. In addition, with the reference pricing in place, most farmers can secure a 40% grant on their solar PV investment with young qualified farmers getting up to 60% or a 30% BEC grant from the Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Energlaze are registered with both the department of Agriculture and with the SEAI to assist with securing the best Grants for your farm business.
According to the SBCI:
“The purpose of EFSI is to help support financing and implementing productive investments in the European Union and to ensure increased access to financing.
The level of investment in energy efficiency by Irish SMEs is lower when compared to their European counterparts. The Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme supports qualifying viable Irish businesses and primary producers (farmers/fishers) by providing access to affordable long-term finance, enabling them to invest in the energy efficiency of their enterprise.”