The Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Schemes (TAMS 3) provide grants to farmers to build and/or improve a specified range of farm buildings and equipment on their holding. The Solar Capital Investment Scheme will encourage the purchase of solar investments thereby reducing dependence on fossil energy.

 

Important Notes:

  • The solar scheme will be ring fenced with its own investment ceiling of €90,000 and will be grant aided at the enhanced rate of 60%.
  • Battery installations of up to 50% of the solar PV capacity are covered by the grant.
  • Installation works can only commence after the issue of letter of approval.
  • There is a 12 month timeline to complete installation work from time of approval.
  • Safety cages under roof lights are required and roof lights must night be removed in animal housing.
  • Solar panels cannot be mounted on or over roof lights.
  • Electricity generated is for on farm use only and any excess power can be exported back to the national grid.
  • Installation of panels on roof of dwelling house is not permitted.
  • Since 24th September 2022, the electricity consumption of the dwelling house can also be included on the energy survey for sizing the solar array.
  • A ground mounted array must be located within 500m of the farmyard.
  • Applicants can install larger systems at their own cost and not grant aided from another source.
  • Annual generation of electricity shall not exceed the annual electricity consumption of the farmyard and dwelling house.
  • Planning permission is not required for any roof mounted solar PV on agricultural sheds irrespective of the size. Solar installed in safeguarding zones with a solar system above 300m2 does require planning permission.
  • Ground mounted arrays up to 75m2 is exempt from planning permission and all ground mounted arrays over this requires planning permission.

 

The Scheme is open to farmers who:

  • Prior to submitting the online TAMS 3 application have a minimum of 5 hectares of owned, leased or rented lands which has been declared under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) or equivalent in the year of application or preceding year, origin the case of intensive enterprises, generate a minimum of 20 production units from farming.
  • Have a Department Identifier Number.
  • Have a energy survey carried out by DAFM registered installer.
  • 2 drawings must be submitted to the department with the energy survey:
    • Drawing 1 – Farmyard layout plan which is a scale of 1:500, has the location of the panel array marked with an “X” on relevant roof and has GPS co-ordinates/eircode.
    • Drawing 2 – Roof Plan which is a scale of 1:100 or 1:200, outlines the location of the solar panel array on the roof, outlines dimentions of the roof and solar panel array, outlines the distance of the panel array from edges of the roof and shows the location of the inverter, meter, battery etc.

 

This information is correct as of 16/04/2023 as per website:

https://www.gov.ie/en/service/6ab0f-solar-capital-investment-scheme/

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