Last week, the minister announced a new set of grants under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS), amounting to a €10 million investment in efficient and renewable energy technologies.
The new grants follow a “comprehensive review” of TAMS, with the aim of focusing the scheme more towards sustainability.
With the introduction of the new amended TAMS grant scheme, support of up to 60% is now available for Irish farmers. This combined with the 100% accelerated capital allowances in the year of purchase have ensured that there has never been a better time to consider solar.
How do solar panels drive energy efficiency and reduce electricity use on farms?
The newly announced farm grants are for solar panels that produce electricity, known as solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.
Solar PV panels generate renewable electricity, reducing the electricity you currently purchase from your supplier.
Solar PV systems are simple to install (typically within a single day for the existing grant scheme for solar PV panels on dwelling houses).
Are the solar panel grants available for all farms?
Yes, the latest announcement extends to all farms the current TAMS grants for solar panels permanently attached to buildings used for pig, poultry, or egg production to all farming sectors.
How To Apply For TAMS II?
According to the Department of Agriculture, applications for TAMS II must be made online as manual applications by post, fax and email will not be accepted.
Farmers considering applying for this scheme will require access to the Department’s online services prior to applying for any of the schemes available under TAMS II. Applications can be made on agfood.ie