Details of my Department's three grant schemes are in the following schedule.
Farm Electrification Grant Scheme (FEGS) — the farm electrification grant scheme is designed to subsidise the installation of electricity to farms which previously had no supply or where supply is inadequate in order to facilitate the development and modernisation of farms in disadvantaged areas of the country. To qualify for the grant-aid, farming must be the applicant's main occupation and principal source of income and he/she must practice farming on land owned or held on long-term lease. The scheme is operated jointly by the Department and the ESB.
Energy Audit Grant Scheme (EAGC) — under this scheme, grants are provided to energy users in the industrial commercial and institutional sectors towards the cost of hiring consultants to conduct energy audits and to advise on the steps to be taken to improve energy efficiency. The Irish Energy Centre operates the scheme on behalf of the Department.
Energy Efficiency Investment Support Scheme (EEISS) — this scheme is designed to provide grant assistance to energy users in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors for investment in energy efficiency technologies. The Irish Energy Centre operates the scheme on behalf of the Department.