With each passing year it is becoming easier to go off the grid, with government incentives like the removal of VAT on solar panels and grants from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland making the installation of renewable energy systems much more affordable than it previously was.
Second hand wind turbines are also being used by people who wish to be self-reliant when it comes to their energy usage.
The cost of installing both PV solar panels and wind turbines – the main methods of generating renewable energy – have been decreasing, and this has allowed more people to make the switch than ever before.
The first step to going off the electrical grid in Ireland is to research and plan accordingly. This includes having an understanding of your electricity and hot water needs, and the amount of energy used each year.
Your financial situation will also come into play when deciding, as the initial installation costs can be quite high even with incentives and the fact that in the long run, it is economically beneficial.
Other key considerations include regulatory requirements, including whether planning permission will be necessary.
These factors will vary for each individual household, and knowing this information in advance, before getting a quote for solar panels or wind turbines (or a combination of both), will allow you to avoid a scenario where the energy output of your renewable energy source is inadequate to cater for your needs.