All schools are to be eligible for funding for solar panels to help with the rising cost of energy, The Journal has learned.
The proposal is currently being finalised with details set to be announced at a later date.
Summer Works Scheme
It is expected that funding for the scheme will come from the Department of the Environment’s Climate Action and will be distributed through the Summer Works Scheme for schools.
It comes as the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has announced new Government supports of up to €2,400 for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for businesses, public organisations and community groups.
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, the Government claims, lowers electricity bills.
A department press release said that 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.