Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (882)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

882. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a reply will issue to queries raised regarding the deep retrofit scheme by a person (details supplied). [45289/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Deep Retrofit Pilot Scheme was launched in 2017 as a time bound pilot to investigate the challenges and opportunities of deep retrofit in Ireland. The scheme closed for applications on 19th July in line with the published Application Guidelines.

The scheme is funded by my Department and operated by the SEAI. The Pilot provides 50% funding for energy upgrades to an A BER rating with 95% funding provided for low-income households. The total budget for the scheme this year is €10 million – double the amount spent on the scheme last year. Almost €2m has been paid in grants under the scheme to date in 2019.

As Minister, I have no function in relation to individual applications or the approval of applications. However, the SEAI has informed my officials that they have been in contact directly with the homeowner this week in relation to this query.