Ray of sunshine for Ireland’s solar power devotees | Ireland

With almost all electricity suppliers increasing their prices this month, the notion of generating your own power is becoming more appealing by the day. Homeowners will soon — finally — be able to sell at least some of their excess power back to the grid.

Microgeneration schemes, such as the one the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications is finalising, have been in place elsewhere for years. The scheme should be up and running by July, making it that bit easier for homeowners who invest in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to become more self-sufficient and cut their costs.

The basics
You can mount solar PV panels on your roof or on the ground, and you will only need planning permission if you’re exceeding certain