The Individual Energy Upgrade application process is for homeowners who want to carry out one or more energy upgrades and manage everything from grant selection, grant application and submission of relevant paperwork. Follow the guidelines to apply for one or more home energy upgrade grants.

1. Choose your energy upgrade grant/s

The following grants are available to homeowners and landlords who decide to manage their own home energy upgrades. These grants are available without means testing. You can select multiple measures eg attic, wall, heating controls when applying.

  • Insulation
  • Heating controls
  • Heat pump system
  • Solar electricity - please follow the application guidelines here
  • Solar water heating

Before you decide on the grants you would like to apply for, it's a good idea to:

  • Check if your home has previously received a grant for an energy upgrade. You will not be eligible for the same grant twice. If unsure, please call our helpdesk to enquire. You will need to provide your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) which is an 11 digit number found at the top right hand corner of your bill from your electricity supplier.
  • Check if your home has an existing BER. If yes, you should be able to access the report that was published with your BER. This report will recommend upgrades suited to your home. To check if your home has an exising BER, visit the National BER Register.
  • If your home does not have an existing BER report, and you do not know what energy upgrades to carry out, we suggest you carry out a BER assessment. You will receive a detailed Advisory Report that will give you a tailored energy upgrade plan for your home.
  • Talk to a building contractor, architect, BER Assessor or energy advisor for advice.

Heat Pump

Please note if you are applying for the Heat Pump grant, you must first complete a Technical Assessment of your home. You must select an SEAI Registered Technical Advisor to carry out the assessment. He/She will advise on any works you need to complete prior to installing a heat pump.

We offer a €200 grant towards the technical assessment of your home. This grant is only payable in conjunction with the heat pump system grant.

Homeowner Tip: To prevent any application processing delays, it is important that both you and the Technical Advisor sign the Technical Assessment. In case an incorrect or unsigned form is submitted during the application stage, you will have the opportunity to resubmit the form along with the required documents at Step 7 - Grant Payment Request, below.

Solar PV

The application process for Solar PV is slightly different. Step by step process listed in the Apply Now section below.

2. Find a registered contractor

If you are applying for the grant yourself, the next step is to select your contractor.

  • You must select an SEAI Registered contractor
  • Please ensure your contractor is registered for the type of work that they are carrying out.
  • Companies/contractors are registered with SEAI to ensure consumer confidence, optimum quality of service and best practice. SEAI does not approve, guarantee or warranty a company or their works.
  • SEAI recommend you shop around to get the best quote.
  • SEAI strongly recommend you check references, talk to previous customers, and formalise the relationship with the contractor by having a written contract which details the works, prices, time, payment terms and warranties.
  • Please note that registered Contractors can offer the Homeowner the cost of works net of the grant amount. To do this, the Contractor can ask the Homeowner to nominate the Contractor’s preferred bank account with bank details on the SEAI Request for Payment form.

3. Apply for your grant

To apply you will need:

  • To be the owner of the property
  • The MPRN number of the property. This is a unique 11-digit Meter Point Reference Number associated with your property.You will find this on your electricity bill.
  • The Name and ID Number of your registered Contractor

You can apply online or by post or via an Energy Partner.

Apply Online

Your application should be approved within minutes. You will receive a letter of offer (subject to terms & conditions) in the post with a Declaration of Works form and Request for Payment form.

Apply by Post

To apply by post, please download a copy of the application form and post it to:

Better Energy Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
P.O. Box 119
Cahirciveen
Co. Kerry

Apply through an Energy Partner

Another option open to Homeowners is to apply to through a registered Energy Partner. The selected Energy Partner will manage the grant application process and all paperwork on your behalf.

Apply online    Find out more about Energy Partners

Solar PV

The application process for Solar PV is slightly different.

  1. Find and appoint a registered SEAI solar PV company. Get quotes from a couple of registered companies. Choose a company and agree a formal contract with them to get the works done. Click here to view list of registered companies.
  2. Apply to SEAI for grant offer. Wait for your grant offer before you start the works. Grant offers are valid for eight months. Please note the grant, once approved, is only payable in respect of the measure, size of installation and grant amount referenced in the Grant Offer. Should you wish to increase the size of your array, you will need to contact the Solar PV Team in advance of works commencing, including up to the day of the install, but before works start. Apply Here.
  3. Installer applies to ESB Networks. Your installer must apply to ESB Networks to connect the solar PV system to the electricity network. They must do this before installing the Solar PV system. This application process takes at least 4 weeks / 20 working days.
  4. Install solar PV panels. Your solar PV system can now be installed. You either pay the Solar PV Company or make a payment agreement.
  5. Arrange a post works BER. Before your grant can be processed you must get a post works BER carried out. You must engage a BER assessor to do this. Many homeowners forget this step and end up waiting longer for their grant payment. Try to get your BER arranged immediately after your solar PV has been installed. This will speed up your grant payment.
  6. Solar PV Company submits evidence of works to SEAI. Your solar PV company will give you the documentation related to your installation and they will also submit copies to SEAI electronically. Try to get your solar PV company to upload ALL documentation ASAP after the installation, ideally within 1-3 days of completion.
  7. SEAI process the claim. Applications for payment can only be processed once ALL documentation has been uploaded and the post works BER is complete and published by your BER assessor. From this point onwards, please allow between 4 to 6 weeks for payment, with additional time if an inspection is required.

4. Accept your grant offer

Grant acceptance

If you applied online you should receive your grant offer immediately. If you applied by post you should receive your grant offer within 5 working days. You then have 30 days to accept the offer. After this period you will have to re-apply. You must have grant approval in place before you start works.

5. Get the works done

You have eight months from the date of the grant offer to complete the works on your home, return the paperwork and drawdown the grant. You can find the expiry date in your grant offer. Within this time you will need to:

The Contractor must complete and sign the Declaration of Works form to confirm that they have completed works. The Homeowner must also sign this form.

If you have any queries regarding any aspect of the process before works begin, please contact us at 01808 2004 or by email at info@betterenergyhomes.ie

Following completion of your works, it is important to hold onto any documentation supplied to you by your Contractor for the purposes of inspections. SEAI perform inspections on a percentage of completed works, which can take place at either pre-payment or post-payment stage. If you have had any of the following measures installed, your appointed Contractor must provide you with your Safety File including the following documents:

Heat Pumps

  • Register of Electrical Contractors Ireland (RECI) Certificate
  • Commissioning Certificate
  • User Manual
  • F-Gas Certificate (if applicable)
  • Ground & Water Collector design document (if applicable)
  • Ecodesign Datasheet
  • Completed Designer/Installer Spreadsheet

Solar Thermal

  • Safety Notice provided to Homeowner where Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV) was not installed
  • Electrical Safety Notice
  • System Documentation and Operating Manual
  • Commissioning Report

Cavity & External Wall Insulation

  • Irish Agrément Certificate for Wall Insulation Product used
  • Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) Advisory Note if MEV has not been installed

Heating Controls

  • Electrical Safety Notice
  • User Manuals

Roof Insulation

  • Insulation Guarantee
  • Irish Agrément Certificate if spray foam installer

The Contractor must supply a hard and soft copy of these documents to Homeowner for purposes of inspection.

6. Post-works BER Assessment

All grant applicants must carry out a post-works BER assessment. This is required before drawing down the grant. This must be carried out by a registered SEAI BER Assessor.

Please note there is a €50 BER grant available which will only be paid to you on your first grant application.

7. Grant payment request

Following completion of works, please submit the following documents to SEAI

  • Declaration of Works Form - signed by you and SEAI registered contractor(s) who completed the grant work(s)
  • Completed BER Assessment
  • Request for Payment form

A Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) will be required from the Applicant where grants are paid in excess of €10,000 in a single calendar.

SEAI can now process payments to Irish Credit Union Accounts.

 

For Heat Pump applications only:

The following should be provided by your contractor and included with your declaration of works form(s) and request for payment form submission:

  1. Ecodesign data sheet
  2. Designer/Installer sign-off form - signed by SEAI registered contractor who completed the heat pump system installation.
  3. Heating Design Details form

 

You can submit the completed forms by email or post.

Submit by email

Send electronic copies of your completed forms by email to: info@betterenergyhomes.ie

Submit by post

Better Energy Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
P.O. Box 119
Cahirciveen
Co. Kerry

 

Please allow between 4 and 6 weeks for all grant payments to be processed and paid into the nominated bank account upon receipt of compliant forms mentioned above.