SOLAR ENERGY IN IRELAND
The sun supplies us with an enormous daily energy potential that exceeds primary energy consumption, it is an energy source which is virtually inexhaustible.
The most common application of solar thermal energy is solar water heating. Solar panels, generally located on a south-facing roof, transform solar radiation into heat. The heat produced during the day is stored in a large hot water cylinder, so that it can be used at any time.
Solar water heating systems are generally sized to cover 50 to 60% of a household€s hot water. Such a system will provide almost all of your home€s hot water needs during the summer, and will cost between €4,000 and €6,000 to install.
Other Solar Energy options would be to use Solar combi-systems which are based on the same type of components as Solar panels but they are sized to make a useful contribution (30 to 40%) to total heating requirement of the house (space and water heating).
For an average house, this requires between 10 and 20 m2 of solar panels and a storage tank of 800 to 1,500 litres. The sizing and design of a solar combi-system requires a careful analysis of the heating requirement of the house by an experienced technician.
The cost to install a solar combi-system ranges between €8,000 and €15,000.