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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (176)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Ceist:

176. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications further to Parliamentary Question No. 206 of 18 May 2021, if the BER criteria will be reviewed for accessing the PV scheme given currently the grant is only available if a house is grade C or higher; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29754/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for the operation of the grant scheme to help homeowners install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment.  

My Department recently outlined proposals for a new Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) in a public consultation that closed on 18 February last. Within the public consultation, the issue of minimum Building Energy Rating (BER) was reviewed and two questions (numbers 11 & 12 refer) regarding the proposal to include a minimum BER C requirement were included. The MSS public consultation is available on the Department's website.

An analysis of the submissions is underway by my Department, with a view to publication of a summary of responses along with the submissions themselves on the Department website in the coming weeks. The findings from the public consultation will inform the final design of the Micro-generation Support Scheme.

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