Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (181)

Charlie McConalogue


181. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the opening of the second phase of the support scheme for renewable heat which will provide operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems; the specific supports in terms of grant aid which will be available to farmers interested in applying and investing in anaerobic digestion heating systems; the criteria which will apply for applicants; the closing date for applications; the current and capital allocations to the scheme in 2019; and the allocations fixed for the following years. [24809/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I opened the second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) on 4 June 2019.

The scheme will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and full details, including the supports available, eligibility criteria and how to apply, are available on SEAI’s website at the following link:

Applications are being accepted on an on-going basis with no closing date. However, under the State aid approval, the latest date on which aid may be granted is 1 December 2025.

Under Project Ireland 2040, the National Development Plan sets out an indicative resource allocation of €300 million for the rollout of the scheme for the period up to 2027. An allocation of €5 million capital and €0.8m current was provided for the scheme for 2019. Allocations for future years will be made as part of the annual estimates process.