The Irish Department for the Environment, Climate and Communications has announced the introduction of a discount scheme for photovoltaic installations on the roofs of non-residential buildings.
Under the new scheme, which will be managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), businesses, public organizations and community groups will be eligible for rebates of up to €2,400 per project.
“In 2022, the maximum grant available is €2,400 and it will remain at this level for 2023,” the government said in a statement.
The program will be open to photovoltaic systems up to 6 kW that operate under the net billing systemwhich was introduced in December 2021. The program is designed to deploy approximately 380 MW of solar capacity.
For photovoltaic systems ranging in size from 6kW to 50kW, the program provides a clean export guarantee (CEG) tariff for excess electricity fed into the grid. And for 2022, the tariff has been set at €0.135/kWh.
“The CEP will be offered at a fixed rate for 15 years and eligible volumes will be capped at 80% of production capacity, to promote self-consumption,” the government announced in December.
Eligible projects must have a minimum self-consumption rate of 70%. In order to support this high rate, the Irish government has suggested the adoption of smart meters.
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