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Minister Creed confirms opening of 10 million Renewable energy Grants for Farms

Solar PV Installation on Farms

The inclusion of Solar PV Installation on farms has been added to the Governments  TAMS II grant – that is to extend current availability under the scheme to all sectors. Grant aid in the pilot phase will be available for 40% or of up to 60% in the case of qualified young farmers to fund the cost of a solar system of 6kWp.

All of the electricity generated from the installation of Solar PV on farms must be used for agricultural purposes.

Full details of the TAMS II measures are available on the Departments website at : https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/tams/

TAMS Division can be contacted by phone on 0761 064452

MREF welcomes enhancements to TAMs supports for micro-generation on farms

 

Wednesday 12 February 2020 – The Micro-Renewable Energy Federation (www.mref.ie) has welcome increases to the size of solar PV systems that will qualify for grant supports on Irish farms.

Commenting this afternoon following confirmation from the Department of Agriculture and Food on changes being made to the TAMS grant scheme, Pat Smith, Chairman of MREF, said:
“MREF welcomes the constructive engagement we have had with the Department of Agriculture and Minister Creed on the TAMS solar PV support scheme on the changes that were necessary to help ensure that this grant support measure is as effective as possible in
supporting on-farm installations of micro-renewable energy generation.”

He said: “With the changes now outlined on the Department’s TAMS web pages, dairy, beef and tillage farmers will get full grant support for up to 11 kWp of solar PV and 6 kWp of battery storage. In addition, with the reference pricing in place, most farmers can secure a 40% grant on their solar PV investment with young qualified farmers getting up to 60%.”

Pat Smith said more work needs to be done to ensure that all farmers, regardless of
whether they have already claimed their full TAMS, can qualify for these enhanced solar PV supports. Mr. Smith called on Minister Creed and the Department to review this restriction as a matter of urgency and ensure that all farmers can availed of these enhanced grant supports.
He said there continues to be no restrictions on system sizes for solar PV installations on pig and poultry farms.

Concluding, Mr. Smith said these enhanced supports make micro-renewable generation a very good investment on most Irish farms.

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