Solar panels: Are they worth the investment?

Installation will cost up to €6,000 but brings long-term financial and environmental benefits

Workers install solar panels on a roof.  Photograph: courtesy of Construct Ireland

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Photograph: courtesy of Construct Ireland

About 50,000 homes in Ireland have installed solar panels in an attempt to cut energy bills and play a part in moving away from fossil fuels – and that number is growing by the thousands every year.

As the days lengthen and with hefty winter electricity bills still to be paid off, it is as good a time as any to consider whether a switch to solar power makes sense in terms of your pocket in this less than sun-kissed country.

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