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Milk parlour and home solar

  • 09-08-2023 5:26pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,735 ✭✭✭

    Quick one. Friend has a farm connection single phase 16k kwh annually plus a home nearby... 10k kwh annualy used single phase.

    Looking for advice on planning to build a south facing system.

    Do they need an inverter for each connection to esb... Or can they build one big system And only have one connect...with multiple inverters...

    Farm seems to peak at a different time to home must be related to the milking process etc. Rather build a 26kw system... Should i just aim to cover sum of the peaks at any one time of the year?

    Any advice on FIT here? Build for no battery and take the lower commercial FIT?

    Anyone with similar experience gladly appreciated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,454 ✭✭✭DC999

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,413 ✭✭✭✭Water John

    Depends on whether they have one or two meters IWT. Good grant aid available now under TAMS. Has certain limits, in relation to size of farm operation. FIT may not be an option if the farmer avails of grant aid, I think. Battery storage would optimize the use on the farm. Like all new tech, be aware of cowboys and overpriced installations. His own electrician might be a good starting point, may know the good installers in the area, if not into it him/herself.

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 6,090 Mod ✭✭✭✭graememk

    If separate connections, it's separate installs/systems

    Farm install, should be able to claim VAT back as it's a capital expenditure(check with accountant!) Even if not vat registered.

    It's also capital expenditure for tax purposes too.

    It's one of the few things that you can buy that actually saves you money.

    The commercial rate is just a minimum, having spoke to some businesses that are getting it, are getting similar to what domestic get.

    Farm may not be on a commercial connection either. Most farm connections are domestic (if your under 20kva, and apply for a new one, it's classed as domestic now)

    If dg05 on the bill it's non domestic, dg01 is urban, dg02 is rural.

    House is then.. a house so general advice here may apply.

    Unless planning on building their own battery, FIT all day long.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,735 ✭✭✭yankinlk

    2 bills ... 2 different mprns. Thanks for the agri link ill pass that on. They wont diy they are looking for a good provider for a full service install.

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