The changes, which are expected to be passed this week, will bring the average cost of solar panels down to €8,000.

But members of the public can also avail of an SEAI grant for solar panels, which would drop the cost down to just €5,600.

According to, Minster Ryan said: “We have set a target to reach 5GW of solar energy by 2025, increasing this to 8GW by 2030.

"Just 1GW is enough to power about 750,000 homes. There is a solar rooftop revolution happening and Government can now help make it more even affordable for people to make the switch to effective and cheaper solar power.”