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There are a range of grants available for improving the energy rating of your home and new build home and business. If you like you can contacts us and we would be happy to discuss with you the range of grants available. All grants are administered by sustainable energy Ireland. Please find below an outline of the grants available.

Greener Homes Schemes

The Greener Homes Scheme is now available and provides assistance to homeowners who intend to purchase a new renewable energy heating system for existing homes. The scheme is administered by Sustainable Energy Ireland and aims to increase the use of sustainable energy technologies within Irish homes.

Home Energy Saving Scheme

The Home Energy Saving (HES) scheme provides grants to homeowners who are interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home in order to reduce energy use and costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The scheme is open to all owners of existing houses built before 2006. Sustainable Energy Ireland administers the scheme.

Assistance will be provided by way of fixed grants towards the costs of implementing upgrade measures. The types of measures currently eligible under this scheme are roof insulation, wall insulation, high efficiency boilers and heating control upgrades. There is also a grant for households who choose to get a Building Energy Rating (BER) assessment Before and After the works are completed, however this is not mandatory.

Low carbon homes programme

The Low Carbon Homes programmes is the successor to the successful House of Tomorrow Programme. It aims to significantly reduce the energy usage and associated CO² emissions. The programme will explore the technical solutions that have the potential to reduce CO² emissions from energy use in a typical new home by at least 70% relative to a "reference dwelling" built to baseline Building Regulations 2005 standards.

Programme Details

The new programme will support and promote low energy consumption and low carbon dioxide emissions in new dwellings. There are a number of basic requirements. The dwellings must reach the following targets:

  • A building energy rating (BER) of A2 or better
  • Achieve an energy performance coefficient (EPC) less than 0.25 (well below the current Building Reg.s figure of 0.6)
  • Achieve a carbon dioxide performance coefficient (CPC) less than 0.30 (well below the current Building Reg.s figure of 0.69)
  • Generate electricity onsite (for supply or export) per unit to the equivalent of 10 kWh/m²/yr (primary) or greater.

The onsite electricity can be produced via a number of methods including, wind turbines, photo voltaic, combined heat & power etc. The key thing is that it is generated on-site and not imported from the grid.

There will also be a requirement that all of the electricity generate is used (whether directly on site or by exporting it to the grid). This will also encourage the use of smart metering.

Micro generation scheme.

Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has announced measures to encourage the on-site generation of electricity in homes and farms across Ireland. Among the measures is a guaranteed price of 19 cent per kilowatt hour of electricity produced. This competitive feed-in tariff will apply to the first 4,000 micro-generation installations countrywide over the next three years. Eligible installations include small scale wind, photovoltaic, hydro and combined heat and power.

Traditionally, the electricity network was designed to accommodate the flow of electricity from large centralised plants to customers dispersed throughout the country.

Micro-generation at local level now introduces two-way flows to the electricity system. Local generators will have the ability to be paid by the ESB for electricity that is surplus to their own requirements and export it back to the national grid.

The new support price is being introduced along with a number of other measures in the Government's micro-generation programme including:

  • Connection: An "Inform and Fit" connection policy to be introduced by ESB Networks to reduce the length of time and complexity of the connection process. Sustainable Energy Ireland also has clear information explaining the connection process.
  • Grant assistance for R & D: This pilot study includes grant assistance for 40% of the cost of 50 trial units (of up to 50kW) countrywide. Applications are being accepted by Sustainable Energy Ireland.
  • Planning exemptions: The Department of Environment has made small scale generation from low-carbon sources exempt from planning permission. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources will continue to work with the Department of Environment on planning issues surrounding renewable energy installations.

Announcing the programme Minister Ryan said,

"We are changing the rules and changing the nature of electricity generation in Ireland. Before you received your power from a central source and paid for it. Now you can generate for yourself and be paid for the excess you don't use. This type of on-site electricity generation will boost the rural economy. It will put more money into consumers' pockets. This type of long-term investment with a guaranteed return represents the best value for spending and lending.

All our farms and houses can be micro-generators. We can use our abundant natural resources to bolster the economy, create green-collar jobs and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.

Every year, we send €6 billion out of this country on fossil fuels. This type of generation will help reduce this dependence and this outflow of money. We do not want to be dependent on Russia or Saudi Arabia for our energy needs; we can supply our own."

Customers interested in installing microgeneration technologies and with technical queries contact ESB Networks at 1850 372 757.

Further detail will be available from ESB Customer Supply shortly.

Those interested in the small and micro-scale pilot field trials should contact:

SEI at 01 8369080; www.sei.ie/grants/microgenpilot or email microgen@sei.ie

Customer Connection guide for micro generation are available at http://www.sei.ie/Publications/Renewables_Publications/consumer_microgen_brochure.pdf and www.esb.ie/esbnetworks

A full guide to connecting renewable and CHP electricity generators of all sizes to the network is available at http://www.sei.ie/Publications/Renewables_Publications/connecting_RE_and_chp_to_network.pdf

Renewable heat deployment programme

Launched in March 2007, the Renewable Heat (ReHeat) Deployment Programme provides assistance for the deployment of renewable heating systems in industrial, commercial, public and community premises in Ireland. The programme is administered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) and is an expansion of the previous Bioheat Boiler Deployment Programme which supported woodchip or pellet boilers only.

The grant payment is subject to any clearances required from the Commission of the European Union and any consents, clearances or licenses which might be required from any other competent body. SEI reserves the right to alter or amend any aspect of this Programme as a consequence of any directions, conditions or requirements of any such consents, clearances or licenses.

Combined Heat and Power Deployment Programe:

In the 2006 Budget presented to the Dail in December 2005, the Minister of Finance announced the allocation of €65 million over the period 2006 to 2010 to "launch several innovative grant schemes relating to biofuels, combined heat and power, biomass commercial heaters and domestic renewable heat grants". An indicative allocation of €11M was made for a CHP programme to run in the 2006 to 2010 time frame.

The new SEI CHP Deployment Programme will provide grant support to assist the deployment of small-scale (<1MWe) fossil fired CHP and biomass (anaerobic digestion (AD) and wood residue) CHP systems. It supersedes the "Combined Heat and Power RD&D" Programme.

At present the Programme includes feasibility studies, to assist investigation into the application of CHP across all size ranges and technologies and investment grant support for small-scale fossil fired CHP with a capacity ≤ 50kWe and < 1MWe. 

In order to stimulate the deployment of CHP via conventional installation or an ESCO model SEI has expanded the scope of the feasibility study grant to include package applications from CHP suppliers and ESCOs in certain market segments. Further details and rules for "package applications" are available in the CHP Application Guide Version 1.2. Applications will be considered for funding at the discretion of SEI, from 14th April 08.

The grant payment is subject to any clearances required from the Commission of the European Union and any consents, clearances or licenses which might be required from any other competent body. SEI reserves the right to alter or amend any aspect of this Programme as a consequence of any directions, conditions or requirements of any such consents, clearances or licenses.

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