SEAI Support Schemes
Support Scheme for Energy Audits
SEAI’s new Support Scheme for Energy Audits offers small and medium enterprises a voucher for €2,000 for an energy audit. That’s enough to cover the total cost of a high quality energy audit for most SMEs and includes:
- a site visit
- analysis of energy bills
- an in-depth audit report
- an Energy Action Plan
- an assessment of the site’s suitability for renewable heat generation under the SSRH.
To be eligible for SEAI’s scheme you just need to be an Irish SME* with a valid CRO number and spending at least €10,000 per year on energy. You can apply to the scheme online and if you’re eligible, your application will be approved automatically – no waiting around. It’s worth noting that auditors participating in the scheme have to be on SEAI’s Register of Energy Auditors, this means that they meet certain standards relating to their experience and professional qualifications, so you can be confident that you are receiving a high quality service.
You can review the rules and guidance, and apply to the scheme, via SEAI’s website: https://www.seai.ie/business-and-public-sector/small-and-medium-business/supports/energy-audit/
* Fewer than 250 employees, and an annual turnover of less than €50M/balance sheet of less than €43M
Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)
Poultry Advisor Rebecca Tierney met Ray Langton, SEAI Programme Manager of the SSRH. Ray answered a number of questions for Rebecca in relation to the SSRH and how it can benefit the poultry industry. Go to Q & A here
As Ireland is faced with increasing the amount of energy created from renewable energy and energy prices rising considerably in recent months, poultry producers should investigate the option of installing solar panels to create energy for their unit.