Your Essential Guide to Sustainable Energy in Northern Ireland. Unlocking the Power of Solar Panels

10th May 2023

In this comprehensive guide, we'll address frequently asked questions about solar panels, covering grants, planning permission, pricing, and more specifically for our customers in Northern Ireland. We’ll look at the advantages of solar energy in Northern Ireland's cooler climate and learn why Encom Energy is your trusted partner in sustainable energy solutions. Our experience in the industry has given us a perfect insight into the questions many first time customers are struggling with so we have put together a handy FAQ section to dispel some of the myths surrounding solar installations and help you make the right choice for your home.

Is there a grant for solar panels in Northern Ireland?

Unfortunately, the government does not offer grants for solar panels or battery storage in Northern Ireland. However, there is now a 0% tax incentive for solar PV installations, resulting in savings of approximately £1,150 on your energy installation and annual electricity bills reduced by £700-£1,500.

Do you need planning permission for solar panels in Northern Ireland?

In most cases, planning permission is not required for solar panels in Northern Ireland, unless your property is a listed building. At Encom Energy, we conduct thorough research during the survey process to ensure compliance with planning regulations.

What is the average price for solar panels in Northern Ireland?

Our standard packages start at £4,900 for a 3-bedroom house. Each solar system is tailored to meet your unique energy needs and requirements.

How many solar panels do I need to install on a house in Northern Ireland?

For an average house in Northern Ireland, we recommend installing a 4kW system or higher to maximise energy generation and efficiency.

How much can I earn by selling electricity back to the grid in Northern Ireland?

While most suppliers in Northern Ireland do not legally require the purchase of excess solar energy, Power NI offers a power purchase agreement that allows you to sell your surplus energy back to the grid and receive compensation.

What is MCS registered, and do I need an MCS installer for my system?

MCS registration certifies that your installation meets the highest standards, using only MCS certified products and installed by qualified professionals. While an MCS certificate is not legally required, it signifies excellence and adherence to industry standards.

Do I need to inform my NI electricity supplier about my solar panel installation?

At Encom Energy, we handle the commissioning process with NIE on your behalf, eliminating the need for you to contact your electricity supplier and ensuring a hassle-free experience.

Are solar panels worth installing in Northern Ireland's weather conditions?

Absolutely! Solar panels are a worthwhile investment in Northern Ireland. Our PV panels generate energy from light, not just direct sunlight, allowing for energy production even on cloudy days. With over 24,000 solar panel sites already in NI, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and save £800-£1,500+ annually on energy bills while increasing your property's Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, future-proofing your home, and adding value to your property.

Where is Encom Energy based in Northern Ireland, and which areas do you serve?

Encom Energy is headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We proudly serve numerous areas across Northern Ireland and Ireland, including Belfast, Bangor, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Holywood, Carrickfergus, Londonderry/Derry, Omagh, Newtonards, and more.

Which climates are suitable for solar panels?

Contrary to popular belief, cool climates like Northern Ireland's are ideal for solar panels. Solar panels operate efficiently in cooler temperatures, ensuring optimal performance and energy