One growing market where solar PV trumps wind power is operating at the small scale. Wind turbines are rarely built singularly to power a home or farm, as it would be difficult to get planning permission.
Solar power, however, is ideally suited to individual homes and other buildings, with rooftops being the perfect place to install solar panels.
Of that 680MW of solar capacity in Ireland, 208MW was the result of microgeneration grid connections. There are now just under 60,000 homes in Ireland which have solar panels installed, and that number is growing daily.
The SEAI provides grant assistance of up to €2,400 for homeowners to install solar PV panels, and their data shows a massive spike in the number of people making a shift to renewable energy at home.
The first three months of 2023 saw a 255% increase in the number of grant-aided domestic solar PV installations compared with the same period last year.
Between January and March of this year alone 3,983 homes in Ireland had solar panels installed with the help of grant funding, up from 1,122 over the same period in 2022.
Making it even easier for homeowners to buy solar panels, the government removed all VAT on their purchase and installation in May this year, something which is expected to save around €1,000 on average.