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Why it's the best choice.
- Generate your own clean, renewable energy in the home
- Reduce electricity costs by as much as 50%
- Can be used to power your Smartzone EV Charger
- Increases the value of your home
- Protects you against electricity grid malfunctions
- SEAI Grants available
- Creating a cleaner, greener future
Why it goes so well with Smartzone Solar.
- Can be used to store excess electricity from solar panels
- Excess electricity can be used to power your home during peak times (when electricity is expensive)
- Stores excess electricity until a time when it can be sold back to the power grid for the best price
- Acts an emergency back up power source
- Maximises savings on electricity bills
At Smartzone, we’re passionate about making the small changes that make a big impact. Smartzone Energy is one of the many ways you can make your home more energy efficient, reduce your carbon footprint and create a cleaner, greener future for all.
Questions about Solar Panels?
Solar panels are powered by the sun, with the term ‘Solar’ coming from solar radiation, which is the type of energy generated by the sun. However, there are two types of solar technology – Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV).
Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP), as the name suggests, is a solar technology that produces electricity by using the energy (heat) produced by the sun to create a very high heat by reflecting the sun’s rays off a series mirrors. In this case, the energy levels produced by the sun are hugely influential on how much electricity is produced. As you’d expect, energy levels produced by the sun are much higher in sunnier, warmer climates, which is why these solar panels are less frequently used in Ireland (and why we don’t use them at Smartzone).
Photovoltaic (PV) solar technology, on the other hand, uses the LIGHT produced by the sun to generate electricity. Photovoltaics is the scientific process by which sunlight can be converted into electricity when it strikes on a boundary layer of a semiconducting material (fancy word for the panel). Although it may seem as though we don’t get as much sunlight here in Ireland as our European neighbours, that isn’t true. Average solar irradiation levels (another fancy word that means the light omitted by the sun) in Ireland are around 1100kWh/m2, making Ireland a very suitable place for solar panels.
Solar panels absolutely work in Ireland during the winter! As we use Solar PV at Smartzone, our solar panels are powered by the light the sun omits, not the heat the sun provides. This is why solar panels can work efficiently during the winter in Ireland. However, the days are shorter in the winter time so we do get less light. For this reason, the output of solar panels is lower in the winter time in Ireland than in the summer time, but your solar system will still work efficiently with all the light we do have in the winter.
We are aware that installing a solar panel system is an expensive investment, but to us it is absolutely worthwhile, especially in the current climate! Electricity bill savings generated from installing an efficient solar panel system in your home can be as high as €1000 a year, not to mention the invaluable benefits to the environment you create by installing a solar system. For a better estimation of the savings you can generate from solar and how long it will take for your solar panel system to pay for itself, check out the SEAI’s Solar Electricity Calculator.
Smartzone is proud to be a partner of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to help you on your solar panel journey. The SEAI offers grants of as much as €2400 for all homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built or occupied before 2021. More information on this can be seen on the SEAI Solar Electricity Grants page.
In short, no. Revised government regulations in Ireland brought into effect in October 2022 allow for an unlimited amount of solar panels to be installed on the roof of any home (well, as much as the roof will fit). This is in line with the Irish governments aim to bring Ireland more in line with the EU’s Solar Rooftop Initiative which hopes to generate clean, renewable energy in all homes, something we are equally passionate about here at Smartzone.
You don’t have to, that’s what we are here for! Our expert installers will assess your home to ensure that the most suitable system is designed for your needs and your home. Factors such as optimal and available roof space, objects that may obstruct the sun and shady areas will all be taken into consideration when designing your custom system. We are here to help you design and install the best solar panel system in Ireland. All you have to do is sign up and we will do the rest!
Solar panels generally last around 20-30 years working at full capacity. After this time frame they do not simply stop working, but can often become less efficient. Installing solar panels in Ireland actually provides an advantage to this effect. Due to the commonly slanted rooftops and large amount of rain we have in Ireland, solar panels are kept clean and clear of debris. Low maintenance and a long lifespan are some of the many benefits of installing solar panels in Ireland.
Questions about Battery Storage?
Installing a solar system into your home is a great way to lower your electricity bills by creating your own renewable energy, making your home more self sufficient. With a battery add-on, you’re adding a second layer of security to protect your home against power outages on the main grid. A battery add-on also stores any excess electricity your solar panels may produce on sunnier days, allowing for it to be stores and used at a later time when it is needed.
One of the main ways your battery storage add-on saves you money is by storing your electricity to be used at times when electricity costs are high. Time-of-use rates differ throughout the day, with certain time frames being more expensive than others. The most expensive time of the day is between the hours of 5PM – 7PM, typically when a lot of people are using a lot of electricity. By installing a battery storage add-on, you can use the electricity your home has generated all day with solar panels during these hours, further reducing your energy costs. Having a battery storage add-on to store your excess electricity also prevents it from it being automatically sent back to the grid at any given time. This is important as the rate of electricity also differs throughout the day, so storing your excess electricity until the price is good will save you even more money!
There are no specific grants dedicated to battery storage add-ons. However, the SEAI offer grants of as much as €2400 towards the installation of a solar system for all homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built or occupied before 2021. More information on this can be seen on the SEAI Solar Electricity Grants page.
You don’t have to, that’s what we are here for! Our expert installers will assess your home and your needs and take into consideration your desired solar system to recommend the best battery for you. All you have to do is sign up and we will do the rest!