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Free solar photovoltaic system for every school

The Schools Photovoltaic Programme (SPP), an ambitious, multi-annual initiative led by the Department of Education has entered the delivery phase

Free solar systems for every school

Welcome to the Schools Photovoltaic Programme (SPP), an innovative initiative funded by the Climate Action Fund. At the heart of the SPP is the vision to empower primary and post-primary schools across Ireland with solar energy. This program is designed to provide comprehensive guidance and funding for the installation of roof-mounted solar PV panels.

Key benefits for a school

Each participating school is eligible for up to 6 kilowatts of solar PV, which roughly translates to about 16 solar panels, along with inverter, mounting systems and the necessary grid connection. An exciting addition to this programme is the inclusion of monitoring software, which has a dual purpose: analysing energy generation and serving as a valuable educational tool. Solar installations on school’s roof will significantly reduce energy costs, positioning participating schools as community leaders in sustainability. This initiative not only reduces the carbon footprint but also elevates the public image of each school involved

Reduce energy costs

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Solar panels significantly reduce the electricity bills. By generating their own energy, each school could potentially see annual savings between €1,200 and €1,600 which can then be redirected towards educational resources and improvements

Educational opportunities

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The School Photovoltaic Programme includes monitoring and display screens for each installation. Solar panels can be used as practical educational tools. They provide a tangible way for students to learn about renewable energy and the science behind solar power.

Income generation

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In some cases, schools can generate additional income by selling excess power back to the grid, especially during holidays and weekends when the school is not consuming as much energy.

Community Leadership

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Schools with solar panels can serve as models of environmental responsibility in their communities. This can encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources in local homes and businesses.

How to apply

The programme’s implementation will be phased, ensuring a controlled and effective deployment. The first call for applications is open to over 1,600 schools in 11 designated areas, with subsequent phases expanding the scheme’s reach. Designated schools are located in the following areas: Clare, Donegal, Dublin City Council, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Offaly, Waterford, Wicklow.

Step 1

Expression of interest

School will be asked to login to the School Hub and to answer a few questions to determine eligibility. Eligible schools will then receive email approval to obtain quotes.

Step 2

Obtain quotes

Each school will contact a solar company approved by SEAI for Non-Domestic installations. Once obtained 3 quotes schools will log in into the Hub and upload quotes for review.

Step 3

Application for funding

On funding approval by the Department of Education, an email notification will be issued to the school. The school should the confirm their order to the successful contractor.

Key dates

Tendering contractors will provide quotations directly to the schools who in turn will submit these to the Department of Education for review and provision of full funding for approved costs.

Solis Green Energy is SEAI approved for Domestic and Non-Domestic installations


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What is the impact of 16 panels

A full optional 6Kw solar system, usually composed by 14-16 high-performing south facing solar panels, represents a game changer for any school in Ireland. Such a system can easily generate up to 6,000 watts of electricity, enough to dramatically reduce your electricity bills. This is not only a financial benefit, but will significantly contribute to environmental sustainability.

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Quantity of co2 offset

In Ireland, a 6KW solar system produces, on average, 15 KWh per day. Considering that each KWh of electricity generated by a coal power plant emits 1.18 kg of CO2, a 6KW system effectively offsets about 17.4 kg of CO2 daily. This amounts to an annual reduction of 6.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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equivalent trees

Planting a tree can absorb approximately 21 kg of CO2 annually. In comparison, a 6kW solar system is equivalent to the CO2 absorption of 474 trees each year. As a result, over its 25-year warranty period, the solar system is comparable to planting a total of 11,800 trees, roughly 64 acres of forest.

Why Solis Green Energy

Solis Green Energy specialises in designing and engineering photovoltaic (PV) systems, streamlining the process of transitioning to solar energy through technology-driven solutions. Our goal is to educate and support our customers through every step of installation


  • We are SEAI registered for both Residential and Commercial installations
  • We offer a FREE site survey all over the Country
  • We’re dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and competitive quote
  • We will guide you through the scheme application process
  • We will produce all the necessary certifications and handle all paperwork
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Extensive expertise

With years of experience in the solar industry, our team has a proven track record of successful solar projects. We specialise in a wide range of solar projects, including residential, commercial, and utility-scale installations.

Competitive Pricing

We offer competitive pricing and good value for your money, without compromising on quality or performance. We use only the highest-quality materials and equipment in our solar projects, ensuring optimal performance and durability.

Certified Installers

Using certified installers for your solar project is essential for ensuring the safety, reliability, and performance of your solar system. All engineers designing your PV system and all installers are SEAI certified.

Customer Service

At Solis Green Energy, we’re committed to providing excellent customer service and ongoing support after the installation is complete, offering a wide range of maintenance and support services.

What our customers say

Our two rooftops in Clontarf have been transformed into a powerhouse of renewable energy, thanks to this remarkable solar solution. The seamless integration of the solar panels and battery has redefined our energy experience. It feels wonderful to be part of the green energy revolution, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Eoin M.


Bringing 14 solar panels into our space has been like welcoming a breath of fresh air. Checking the panels, paired with a battery and some pretty neat gadgets like an EV charger and an energy diverter, have become a part of our daily routine.  Solis Green Energy made sure that every piece, from panels to the EV charger, fitted seamlessly.

Tony B.


I recently had a residential PV system installed by Solis Green Energy, and I am extremely impressed with the results. The installation and grant application was hassle-free, and I have quickly noticed a significant reduction in my electricity bills. Their professional team made the entire process a delight, and I highly recommend them.

Nadine S.



Are you a registered installer ?


Our company, Solis Green Energy Ltd, is a SEAI registered company for both Domestic and Non-Domestic installations. Our registration number is 50410.

What works are covered by the SPP funding?


The funding covers up to 6kW of roof-mounted solar PV (approximately 16 solar panels), including all associated hardware (inverters, isolators, cabling, mounting system, etc.) to connect the panels to the school’s main distribution board. The connection to the grid is also included to allow unused renewable solar energy to feed to the grid when schools are closed

Which school is eligible for the SPP funding ?


Participation in this programme is limited to recognised schools in the free education scheme. Schools applying for funding under this programme must have appropriate roof areas to accommodate 6kW of PV. Schools with existing PV systems that were not provided or funded by the Department of Education can also submit applications for this programme.

What if the school already has a PV system installed ?


All schools are requested to submit an expression of interest for the programme, regardless of eligibility. This helps in ensuring all schools receive an invitation to participate and helps identify any existing barriers to PV installation. Schools that received 6kW or more of PV panels funded by the Department of Education, installed after 1 January 2018, may not be eligible for additional funding under this programme as they already have a modern PV installation. However, schools with existing PV systems not provided or funded by the Department of Education can avail of this scheme. Also, schools with an existing PV system that is less than 6kW and may have been funded by the Department of Education are eligible to apply for 6kW of PV under this scheme .

Why is 1 January 2018 relevant in determining eligibility ?


This date is significant due to a change in the Building Regulations which required PV installations in new school buildings. From January 2018, schools not completed to wall plate level were required to meet 10% of their primary energy requirements through the installation of substantial PV installations. This regulation was part of the Building Regulations 2017 Part L – Conservation of Fuel and Energy for Buildings other than Dwellings, published on 22 December 2017 by the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government .

Will the SPP programme cover other energy efficiency works ?


NO, the School Photovoltaic Programme is confined only to solar photovoltaic systems provision.

Will the SPP programme cover other energy efficiency works?


NO, the School Photovoltaic Programme is confined only to solar photovoltaic systems provision.

Is the school required to contribute towards the costs/pay a local contribution ?


No, the funds approved by the Department of Education will be on the basis of 100% of actual cost.

Why is a consultant not needed to oversee the works ?


As the works are specific and the SEAI Non-Domestic Micro-Generator Company list is in place, and the programme guidance documents are detailed, the engagement of an external consultant is not generally necessary.

What manufacturer are you using for solar panels ?


Regarding the manufacturer and model specifications for our solar panels, we primarily utilise high-efficiency solar panels from renowned Tier-1 companies like Jinko Solar, a global manufacturer listed on the NYSE. Depending on availability and pricing, we are also equipped to provide alternatives from other manufacturers such as Longi Solar and Recom.

What manufacturer are you using for inverters ?


In relation to inverters, our standard choice is the reliable range from Sofar Solar, renowned for their impressive average efficiency rating of 98.7%. However, should your requirements differ, we are also equipped to offer high-quality alternatives from industry leaders such as Huawei and Solis Inverters. Detailed datasheets and specifications are available upon request and will be definitively shared during the contracting phase.

How long does it take to install a typical solar system?


On average, a residential PV system can take between one and three days to install, depending on complexity and PV location.
Before installation, our specialist will typically conduct a site assessment to assess any potential issues that may affect the installation timeline.

How long solar panels last?


Solar panels are built to be durable and long-lasting. On average, solar panels have a lifespan of about 25 to 30 years.
However, this doesn't mean they stop producing electricity after this period; it just indicates that energy production might decrease to a level considered less efficient than their original output.
With proper maintenance, panels can continue to operate effectively for many years beyond their expected lifespan.