Enjoy 0% VAT Rate on Solar PV

Cara Energy are market leaders in Solar PV and have welcomed the governments decision to exempt VAT from all domestic and commercial solar PV installations. This incentive added to the SEAI Solar PV grant will reduce the cost of Solar PV greatly and make it a very attractive investment to combat the current energy crisis. Don’t delay and get your free Solar PV Survey and Quote done today.


Why Solar PV?

Solar power can provide most of the electricity needed for a typical home. This can save you thousands of euros per year against the rising costs of electricity. As electricity costs per kWh increased to beyond the average of 40 cent per unit for every house hold and business in Ireland, Solar PV is the one guaranteed technology that will reduce your electricity bills. Cara Energy has installed several thousand Solar PV panels throughout Ireland and has a team of in house design engineers and installers to complete your project. 

Due to the high demand of Solar PV in Ireland with all the incentives available, we would encourage you to contact us for a quote today. 

A battery on a Solar system allows you to store excess electricity generated by your panels and use this at a later time. Battery storage may not be a great fit for everyone and is not required on all systems however at CARA Energy we only use premium programmable batteries that be used when there is very high PEAK tariffs to avoid using energy from the grid during this period. Our sales team can advise you on whether battery storage is a good option for you or not. Without a battery, any excess power generated can be sold back to the grid. See the list of current published energy pay back rates below which constantly vary. 

With the new VAT exempt incentive from the 1st May on all Solar PV installations and with the SEAI Solar PV grant of up to €2,100 there has never been a better time to secure your system and with shorter paybacks. The typical payback period for a Solar PV System is around 5 – 7 years depending and the size of the system and if there is a battery storage system included. 


With prices for 8 Solar panels starting at €5000 (net payment after grant) you could see savings between €700 and €1500 per annum on electricity costs. Specific savings would be based on your existing energy consumption, your existing tariffs, which supplier you are with and some other factors. We would calculate your estimated savings using your current bills as part of our tailored install plan and quote.

This is a common misconception around solar panels. In fact our solar PV panels come with a 25 year manufacturers guarantee. CARA Energy also offers a 2 year warranty on all installation work carried out by us. Once installed correctly your Solar panels should operate and generate power for your home or business maintenance free for 20+ years

The amount of power generated depends on the number of panels installed. Cara Energy recommends a minimum of 8 Solar panels which will be enough to power a standard busy home. In some cases additional energy will be created in excess of what is needed to power the home. This additional power can be stored in a battery or sold back to the grid.

While batteries can be expensive, not all solar systems require a battery. Some customers choose to have a battery which will store generated electricity and enable this to be used at night. Should you decide you don’t want a battery, you can choose to sell any excess power generated back to the grid. Battery life will range from 10 to 20 years depending on make and model. We work with Huawei and Livoltek models which are some of the best on the market.

Not exactly, Solar PV panels utilize daylight to convert light into energy. As Ireland would have longer daylight hours from April till September, it is then that the Solar panels work best. In winter time, with less daylight hours you can expect approx a 40 – 50% reduction in generation.

Customers can sell surplus electricity back to their electricity supplier. Similar to selecting a supplier you can shop around providers for the best offered rate as rates would be different from one utility supplier to another. There are currently some restrictions on the amount of energy that can be sold back and you would need a smart meter along with certified documentation and notification sent to ESB Networks prior to the fitting of the panels. 

A device called a “Hot Water Diverter” can be fitted to your existing immersion tank that will turn on the immersion and only use excess solar energy. This device is extremely effective from April right through to September and can provide a full tank of hot water from solar which reduces heating bills if you heat water using gas or oil.

Most Solar systems will pay for themselves in on average 5 to 7 years however, if the cost of gas and electricity continues to rise as it is predicted to do, this means a Solar system could not only pay for itself but also safeguard your home against rising fuel costs and potential shortages.

There is a generous grant to assist with the purchase and installation  of Solar PV as a way to reduce your carbon footprint and energy costs. The solar PV grant is provided by the SEAI and information can be found Here

No, you will not need planning permission for Solar PV rooftop systems for domestic use.