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Schools Photovoltaic Programme Announced.




 The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan TD have announced the first phase of the Schools Photovoltaic Programme, which includes over 1,600 schools.

The new scheme will fund up to 6 kilowatts of roof-mounted solar PV for all eligible schools. This also includes connection to the grid and a monitoring and display screen. The Solar Panels for Schools Programme is aimed at heating schools in a more affordable manner with over €50 million announced in funding.,

The Schools Photovoltaic Programme is a devolved programme based on programme guidance prepared by the Department of Education.

Invited school authorities will be provided with funding approval from the Department of Education to enter a contract following a competitive tender process for the provision of a solar PV system. This system will have to be designed, installed, and commissioned by a contractor, listed on the SEAI Non-Domestic Micro-Generator (NDMG) company list. Solarstream have been registered since 2013 and have extensive experience in both commercial and residential solar projects in Ireland.

Invited schools must register for the programme and receive confirmation of eligibility before seeking quotations for the works. We can provide you with a quote directly and your school will in turn will submit the quote to the Department of Education for review and provision of full funding for approved costs. The Solarstream customer service team are here to help with your application if you would like us to quote for Solar for your school. Contact us directly here or on email at 

Key dates for the Schools Photovoltaic Programme ( SPP) are as follows:

Key Dates for SPP Phase 1

30 November 2023        Applications invited from over 1,600 schools.
1 February 2024        Deadline for schools to register for the programme
15 March 2024        Deadline for schools to submit quotes to the Department
30 May 2024            Target date for completion of phase 1 PV installations