Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (199)

Brendan Griffin


199. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a grant is available to a person who wants to move from a solid fuel stove to a more environmentally friendly heating source; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50654/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Government currently funds a number of schemes, administered by the SEAI, to assist homeowners in upgrading the energy efficiency of their properties, including switching to new heating systems. These include free upgrades for low income households and fixed grants for those who can invest some of their own money. The grants promote a fabric first approach – advising people to first reduce heat losses by installing insulation and ventilation, making it easier to keep a home warmer and more comfortable for longer periods, before moving to installation of new or renewable heating systems. Since 2000, over 400,000 homes have received direct support under these schemes to carry out work to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This year, I have allocated €100 million funding for these schemes.

Details of the grants available under the Better Energy Homes, Solar PV and Better Energy Communities Schemes are set out in the following table.




How much (fixed grants)

- Detached House


- Semi-D/End of Terrace


Internal Wall Insulation

- Mid-Terrace/Apart


Attic Insulation


Cavity Wall Insulation


Solar thermal


Heating controls


Heat Pump1

(air/ground source/water/exhaust air to water)


Heat pump1 (air to air)




- Detached House


- Semi-D/End of Terrace


Better Energy Homes

Homeowners of homes built before 2006

(or before 2011 in the case of solar thermal and heat pump grants)

*Homes that previously received a grant for wall insulation are not eligible for a second grant for a different type of wall insulation. However, they can still avail of grants for other measures

External Wall Insulation

- Mid-Terrace/Apart


Solar PV Scheme

All owners of dwellings built and occupied before 2011 and where SEAI have not previously provided support for solar PV system at that address

Solar PV panels and battery storage

€700 for each kW of solar PV installed up to 2kW without battery storage or up to 4kW with battery storage

Better Energy Communities

Community energy efficiency projects

Grants for upgrades to homes, businesses, public and community buildings as part of a single community project.

Grants in 2018 ranged from €100,000 to €940,000

1 To be eligible for a heat pump grant the home must meet a certain level of energy efficiency first.