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There certainly are some big advantages of solar energy. Did you know that the energy the sun provides to the earth for one hour could meet the global energy needs for one year?  Without doubt, the sun is our most powerful energy source, and even though we can only collect a fraction of this energy, harnessing this energy is a key factor in creating a sustainable future.

Grants for solar panels in Ireland

Thanks to availability of grants for solar panels in Ireland (SEAI grants), as well as, the increasingly competitive prices in-market forcing down installation costs, solar energy is becoming the main source of energy for more and more families in Ireland. The technology has been drastically improved in the last number of years and has been complemented by more advanced solar battery storage systems, turning solar into a significantly more efficient source of sustainable energy.

Unfortunately, there are always some downsides to the energy source you choose to analyse. At EcoPlex we have outlined the key advantages of solar power in the following points:

5 Advantages to Solar Energy Ireland

The 5 Main Advantages of Solar Energy:

1. Renewable Energy Source

Among all the many advantages of solar energy, perhaps the most important benefit is that solar energy is a truly renewable source of energy. Solar energy can be harnessed anywhere in the world and is available every day. Solar energy is not finite like its fossil fuel counterparts. 

Solar energy will be accessible as long as we have the sun, which is predicted to be for at least 5 billion years, according to scientists. So, rest assured that the sun is going nowhere any time soon!

2. Reduce Your Electricity Bills

Since you will be meeting much of your energy requirements with the electricity your solar panels generate, your energy bills will drop significantly. How much you save on your bill will be entirely dependent on the size of the solar panel system you install and your rate of electricity and heat usage.

For example, if you are a large business using commercial solar panels, you are likely to see huge benefits because of the large surface area that commercial buildings provide, meaning solar system size can cover large chunks of your energy bills.

Additionally, you will not only be saving money on your electricity bill, but there is also a possibility to store excess energy gathered to be used at a later date. If you generate more electricity than you use in a day, our advanced solar batteries have you covered.

3. Diverse Applications

Solar energy can be used for a broad range of purposes. You can generate electricity (photovoltaics) or heat (solar thermal). Solar energy can even be used to produce electricity in places without access to the energy grid, to treat water in regions with limited clean water supplies and even to power satellites orbiting earth.

Solar energy can also be integrated into the architecture of buildings. An example of this can be seen in Sharp introducing transparent solar energy windows, integrating seamlessly into the building’s architecture. 

4. Low Maintenance Costs 

Solar energy systems generally don’t require a huge amount of maintenance. See more information on solar panel maintenance here. You only really need to keep them clean, so cleaning them a couple of times per year will do perfectly. The rain we get in Ireland is particularly suited for keeping solar panels clean.

Furthermore, as there are no moving parts, there is little to no wear and tear. The solar inverter is the only part that may need to be changed after 5 to 10 years due to its continuous work in converting solar energy into electricity. Aside from the inverter, the cables may need monitoring and maintenance to ensure your solar panel system runs at maximal efficiency.

So, after covering the initial cost of the solar system which is helped by the SEAI grant, you can expect very little spending on maintenance and repair work of your solar panels.

5. Technological Development 

Technology in the solar power industry is continually advancing and improvements will intensify far into the future. Innovations in quantum physics and nanotechnology can potentially increase the effectiveness of solar panels and double, or even triple, the electrical input of the solar power systems. Luckily we install the most up to date and advanced systems available. The systems nowadays greatly out-perform systems developed even a decade ago

So, there you have it. That’s our take on the 5 main advantages of solar panels in Ireland. Get a quote today to begin your journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

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