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PV sizing and real world planning experience

  • 12-11-2021 9:53am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,088 ✭✭✭

    (I know there is a planning section, but this feels like the better place to put it with the most experience)

    Looking at PV panels on the house, and I'm guessing, like most people, any reasonable sized system that would have any returns would break the 12m2|50% rule. Given what I was reading about legislation going through at the moment(apart from installations around airports), what are your real world experiences with planning? Has anyone applied for it, been rejected, anyone been contacted by their local authority?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,269 ✭✭✭bullit_dodger

    No one, and I mean NO ONE, adheres to that 12m2 rule. It's an outdated provision from 2012 or thereabouts. installers do look at the "distances from edges/roof apex" , but in general they will attempt to get as many panels on your roof that you ask for - within reason. Installers do have to take photos and if they are right close to the edges, they could be denied the BER grant from SEAI, so they do tend to not take the piss.

    As for planning permission, there is none. It's all down to the BER grant as I said above.

  • Registered Users Posts: 547 ✭✭✭Blue4u

    I have a large roof. I contacted the local County Council and they laughed about the whole requirements in my case. The guy said it was a joke but told me I should put in for planning. He did also say they fully expect it to change, that was 2 years ago now but I dont think they have chnaged.

    I ended up putting up 19 panels but as I was maybe at 20% coverage of the roof so I didn't put in any planning. The panels are on the back roof as well so can't be seen from the road. If it was at the front and changed the appearance of the house compared to the rest of the houses I would of, but as hidden I didn't.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,954 ✭✭✭SD_DRACULA

    Or just cover it fully and say yeah but woman in Limerick case...

  • Registered Users Posts: 44,930 ✭✭✭✭Bobeagleburger

    As someone said, people shouldn't be held to a completely outdated rule

    If you plan to sell in the next few years you might have a problem, but you can probably apply for retention then anyway.