Smart meter

Advantages of a smart meter

A smart meter is essential if you want to export solar power to the gride from your home as it can measure the power you export and enables payment for this power.

It sends readings every 30 minutes to your provider

Also providers can offer different tarrifs at different times which can reduce the cost.

Smart meter options:

Providers offer various plans using the smart meter :

eg Electric Ireland offers day/night option:

8 to 22 Full unit rate

22 to 8 Half price unit rate

2 to 4 Quarter price unit rate

Other options on offer , see your providers web site.

Solar panel installation costs

Here you get an estimation of installing panels with controls and grants: (Aug 2023, approx cost)

4 panel system:


€4000 grant 

€2000 Net cost 


8 panel system:

Cost €7000 Grant €2000 Net cost €5000

12 panel system:

Cost €8900 Grant €2200 Net cost €6500

The above prices include panels , installation,wiring, all electrics

Many people have panels on front and back roof of house and on shed roofs

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