ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 37 Industry News The Government are urging householders and businesses to ensure that they are availing of the supports that are in place to help all of us through this challenging winter. Alongside key partners like the CRU (Commission for Regulation of Utilities), MABS (Money and Budgeting Advice Service), ALONE and SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), the Government is asking people to stay warm and well this winter and to know that help is available if they need it over the coming weeks and months. This is the key message in the new winter season Government campaign urges people to avail of range of supports, as we face into a difficult winter phase of ‘Reduce Your Use’, announced today at the ALONE offices in Dublin. The Reduce Your Use page and hashtag (#ReduceYourUse) provide a signpost to specific, existing sources of help that are out there, to help people identify appropriate supports for their needs over the coming winter period. 'Reduce Your Use' is a crossGovernment public information campaign which commenced in April 2022. The nationwide campaign will run right across the heating season and will evolve as needed to meet the changing information needs Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels convert energy from the sun into electricity, thereby reducing the amount of electricity a building draws from the national grid and, thus, lowering electricity bills. At the current high electricity prices, a business might expect to save up to €3,000 per annum from a solar PV system supported under this scheme. This means that the installation can pay for itself quickly – thus helping to protect businesses and organisations (such as sports clubs) across the country against rising energy prices into the future ർThe Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has recently announced new Government supports of up to €2,400 for the installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) panels – for businesses, public organisations and community groups. The new grant scheme will be administered by the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland). New solar PV grants for businesses (through significantly reduced electricity bills). This announcement signals the latest phase in the Government’s Micro-generation Support Scheme. The first phase of the Micro-generation Support Scheme was launched in December 2021, offering grants for solar PV panels on domestic houses. In 2022 the maximum grant available is €2,400 and it will remain at this level for 2023. In February of this year the Government announced an export tariff – the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) – as part of the scheme. This provided the mechanism by which householders can be paid (by energy suppliers) for excess electricity exported back into the national grid. The scheme will provide grant funding up to a maximum of €2,400 towards the installation of solar PV technology up to a maximum of 6kWp (approximately 16 solar panels over 25m2). The scheme provides an opportunity for all areas of the non-domestic sector to not only reduce their electricity bills, but to visibly demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and Ireland’s broader climate action goals. and concerns of the public. This new phase of the campaign is based on research which shows that most people are worried about the energy situation, primarily because it is such an unknown. However, research also shows that people are looking for clarity on where they can go to get help and support, and what they can do to make the biggest difference to their energy bills. As part of the multi-media campaign, an information leaflet, detailing how to access Government supports and advice on how to be more conscious about energy usage, will also be delivered to every home in the country.