Good news for businesses in Wicklow as solar business grants are extended

Green Party TD for Wicklow Deputy Steven Matthews has welcomed the Green Party’s move to extend energy supports to a wider range of businesses and non-domestic applicants.

Deputy Matthews said, “The interest from business owners in County Wicklow in switching to renewable energy is huge, and they should be supported in making the change. These grants will do just that, typically covering between 20 and 30% of a changeover investment, meaning the average investment will paid off in just five years. The grants will offer up to E162,000 for the installation of smart energy infrastructure and solar panels on commercial buildings.

“The new range of installation sizes will cover a significant variety of businesses, from small local shops up to large manufacturing facilities. It will also be available for public buildings, sports clubs and community organisations. An installation size of 1000 kWp equates to approximately 2,500 solar PV panels, which could be accommodated on a large factory or warehouse rooftop.

“This is the latest measure to support homeowners and business owners in making the move to renewable energy. A wide rage of supports has already been rolled out including the abolition of VAT on the supply and installation of solar panels on homes and public buildings, free PV panels for schools and the removal of the need for planning permission for panels on houses, farm buildings, schools and community centres.

“Not only will these measures help towards our climate goals, they will reduce energy bills for homes and businesses and excess energy can be sold back to the grid.”

For more information contact Deputy Matthews or your local SEAI.

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