While Ireland is famous (or infamous) for its overcast weather conditions and no shortage of rainy days, the country is surprisingly suited to solar energy.
Solar radiation levels across the island are comparable with other European countries such as France, Belgium and Germany.
The sun shines for between 1,100 and 1,600 hours in Ireland, with the two sunniest months being May and June. Met Éireann data shows that during these months, most of the country experiences between 5 and 6.5 hours of sunshine per day.
The ‘sunny southeast’, as you might suspect, is the sunniest region in Ireland, with over 7 hours of sunshine each day in early summer.
The southeast gets around twice the amount of sunshine (2 hours) as the north in December, Ireland’s most overcast month.
But solar panels don’t need direct sunlight – even on overcast days they can produce more than enough energy to justify the investment.