In April 2019, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed allocated €10m in funding for renewable energy grants for all farming sectors under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS). The move extended grant aid for solar PV installations to all sectors as prior to this, separate solar grant aid was available for pig, poultry and egg production farms.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work by absorbing sunlight with photovoltaic cells and generating direct current (DC) electricity. This DC electricity is then converted to usable alternating current (AC) electricity through the use of inverter technology. The grant aid aimed to help cut the electricity costs and carbon footprint of farms.