How much do solar panels cost in Ireland? This is one of the most common questions we get asked. While we can’t give you an exact figure (there’s not a blanket approach to good installations) we can give you an overview of average costs on what would be considered a standard family home.
The good news is that the energy source itself is free, thanks to the sun. Where the expense comes in is in harnessing the sun’s energy and converting it into consumable electricity and/or heat. It’s a technologically complex process and a quality photovoltaic or PV system is required. That’s where things can get expensive so it’s important to have some insight into what you can expect.
So, What To Expect?
For a standard family home in Ireland, solar panels can cost anywhere between €3,000 and €15,000. This will vary depending on the company you choose to go with and as with most quotations, we would caution you to avoid those coming in too low or too high. One could be using sub par materials, the other could be overcharging you or trying to sell a system that is too big for your needs. At the risk of repeating ourselves over many of our blogs, only go with a registered & experienced company.
At Caldor, we would tell you to expect an estimate of approximately €4,000 to €12,000 for a full installation, inclusive of the available grants (which we can assist you with).
Return on Investment
It’s worth saying at this point, that the greater the number of panels you install, the better the return on investment. If you have the roof space, unobstructed access to light and a need for the energy produced, it’s worth being strategic for long term gain. A good installer will give you a considered assessment and recommend what is right for you and your home.
Home Energy Audits
You also want to ensure that you are already making the most of your current energy set up. We recently wrote about planning to convert to solar power where we got into the nitty gritty of doing home energy audits. Doing this encourages you to make the smaller amends to your home’s energy efficiency before getting a solar system installed. The more efficient your consumption is, the more impact your solar panels can have.
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We’ve all seen how bills of nearly every description have been growing over the past few years. This looks set to continue. Having a renewable and free energy source working for you is a sure fire way to offset some of those expenses if planned carefully and approached strategically (once again with feeling – with a registered, experienced company). If you’d like to talk to us about the next steps, please feel free to get in touch.
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