Zero VAT Announced for Solar Panels

Power Up Your Savings as the Irish Government Declares Zero VAT on Solar Panels

The Irish government has taken a significant step towards promoting renewable energy adoption and sustainability by announcing a Zero rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) for the supply and installation of solar panels in private dwellings around the country.

This move, effective from May 1st, 2023, aims to encourage homeowners to embrace solar energy and contribute to a greener future.

Ministers McGrath and Ryan unveiled the government’s decision to apply a zero rate of VAT for solar panels in private dwellings. This means that homeowners can now avail themselves of this environmentally friendly technology without incurring VAT charges, making solar panels more affordable and accessible than ever before.

The zero VAT rate serves as a powerful incentive for homeowners to embrace clean energy solutions and harness the abundant and free power of the sun.

Advantages for Homeowners with this new Zero VAT for Solar Panels announcement

  • The zero VAT rate on solar panels provides numerous advantages for homeowners. Firstly, it significantly reduces the upfront costs associated with installing solar panels, making the investment more financially feasible and attractive.
  • With the potential to generate free and sustainable electricity, homeowners can experience substantial long-term savings on their energy bills.
  • Moreover, by reducing dependence on traditional fossil fuel-based energy sources, solar panels contribute to a greener and more sustainable household, reducing carbon emissions and supporting environmental conservation efforts.

The government’s initiative to promote solar energy in private dwellings aligns with Ireland’s commitment to combating climate change and achieving a low-carbon future.

By incentivizing the adoption of solar panels, the country takes a significant step towards reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

By making solar panels more affordable and accessible, the government aims to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in Ireland’s private homes.

This initiative empowers individuals to take control of their energy consumption, reduce their environmental footprint, and play an active role in the transition toward a greener and more resilient energy system.

Currently, over 50,000 homes have solar panels, with 17,000 solar installations connecting to the grid taking place just last year.

This is expected to increase further now and faster as prices come down and Solar becomes more mainstream.

SEAI Grants for Solar Panels 

The SEAI also provides grants towards the cost of installing Solar Panels in your home, you can find out about Solar Panels and other Home Energy Upgrades covered by the One Stop Shop Home Energy Upgrades service here.