In recent years, farmers have been quick to change electricity suppliers to keep costs down. Now, the agricultural industry is frequently in the media spotlight these days when it comes to their carbon footprint.
Increasingly, the agricultural community, in an effort to control costs, are turning to solar PV panels to generate their own power. A biproduct of solar PV is the reduction of carbon emissions.
It is predicted that in less than 10 years, all Irish farms will be using solar PV, insulating themselves from rising costs and reducing their carbon footprint. To make the transition less painful, the Irish government has launched a grant for solar PV installations.
UPDATE: Just announced in Feb. 2020, a new TAMs grant for a 9kWp system that should generate savings of €1,600 to €1,800 per year.
Most farms have buildings that are suitable for a solar PV system, with the most typical type being the steel portal framed barn covered with metal cladding, however we have proprietary fixings suitable for any roofing material. Solar panels mounted on farm building roofs, up to 50 M2do not require planning permission. Solar PV panels are low maintenance and servicing costs.
Savings start the day the system is installed, typical system payback is under 5 years with annual savings up to €1,100 for a 6kWp installation. Net return on investment is typically around 20% for a 6.6kWp system generating on average around 5,800 kWh per year. This includes depreciation of the system over 25 years.
Surplus power can be stored in a battery system, used to heat water or, in the near future, sold to the grid. All equipment is SEAI triple E listed. Solar PV panels come with a 25 year warranty.
For further information on the current farming community grants including TAMS grants of 40%, young farmers grant of 60% or to organise a free consultation and site assessment, contact JM Energy Savings today.