Improvements for farm enterprises are supported by the Department for Agriculture, Food and Marine, under the Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme, as well as the Young Farmer’s Capital Investment and Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage schemes, as part of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS).
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine announced an expansion of the Scheme in April 2019 which includes €17 million in grant supports specifically aimed at improving energy efficiency in the farming sector. From early 2020 the maximum size of PV panels eligible for grant aid increased from 6kw to 11kw. The maximum an applicant can now apply for is 11 kW solar PV panels and 6 kWh of battery storage capacity. Grant supports are paid at a rate of 40% (60% for those qualified under the Young Farmers Scheme), up to a maximum investment ceiling of €80,000 per holding.