The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat is a government funded initiative designed to increase the energy generated from renewable sources in the heat sector. The scheme is open to commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users.

About the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat

The primary objective of the support scheme for renewable heat is to increase the level of renewable energy in the heat sector. This will contribute to meeting Ireland’s 2020 renewable energy targets whilst also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The government funded scheme will support the adoption of renewable heating systems by commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users not covered by the emissions trading system. 

The Scheme aims to

  • Bridge the gap between the installation and operating costs of renewable heating systems and the conventional fossil fuel alternatives; and
  • Incentivise the development and supply of renewable heat.

The Scheme will support

  1. An installation grant
  2. On-going operational support

The installation grant is now open for applications. It is anticipated that the ongoing operational support component of the Scheme will open for applications in late 2018 / early 2019.  This is subject to state aid approval from the European Commission. 


Installation Grant

Now Open!

We are now offering a grant to support investment in renewable heating systems that use the following technologies:

  1. Air source heat pumps
  2. Ground source heat pumps
  3. Water source heat pumps.

Who can apply for the installation grant?

Applications are open for commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating or other non-domestic heat users not in the Emission Trading System sector.

Grant amount available

The installation grant provides funding of up to 30% of eligible costs, to successful applicants.

How to apply?

The application process consists of following steps:

  1. Check if you’re eligible – Refer to the Terms and Conditions of the Support Scheme Renewable Heat.
  2. Collect all the required documentation and information. Refer to the Eligibility Guidelines for more information.
  3. Complete the online application form. You may choose to consult an expert to help with your application.
  4. Download a copy of your application. This will be available to you in the confirmation page after you successfully submit the online form.
  5. Check your email for next steps. Please follow the instructions in the email in order to submit all the required supporting information and documentation. This is essential to progress your application.
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Eligibility for the scheme

We, SEAI, have been appointed by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, as the administrator for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat.  

Applicants must demonstrate that

  • Buildings and heat using processes must adhere to verified energy efficiency criteria;
  • Heat generating technologies and project installations must comply with Building Regulations, Construction Products Regulations, EN Standards, efficiency, technology standards and air quality standards in relation to emissions;
  • Designers and installers shall be competent to carry out works; and
  • Recipients of payments must be subject to tax clearance procedures.

Ongoing Operational Support / The Tariff

Opens late 2018 / early 2019 subject to State aid approval

The Scheme will also offer ongoing operational support (a tariff) based on useable heat output in renewable heating systems in new installations or installations that currently use a fossil fuel heating system and convert to using the following technologies:

  • Biomass boiler or biomass HE CHP heating systems; and
  • Biogas (anaerobic digestion) boiler or biogas HE CHP heating systems.

The Tariff will be made available to successful applicants for a period of up to 15 years.


Scheme documents

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Document nameDescription
Grant Scheme Operating Rules and Guidelines

This document sets out the grant process, the eligibility criteria for participating in the Grant Scheme and contains operating rules in respect of the Grant Scheme. These Rules and Guidelines relate solely to the grant component of the Scheme. A separate set of operating rules and guidelines will apply to the Tariff.

Application Form

The application form for the Grant Scheme is an online form. You will need to complete the online application form in order to commence the application process. In addition, you will need to sign all of the below declaration forms.

Declaration Forms

Declaration of Establishment Form

Declaration of Funding

Declaration of Incentive Effect

Eligible Building Declaration

Declaration of Solvency

Guide to Completing the Application Form

This document is a guide to help you complete the online Application Form.


Technical Assessment Form

The Technical Assessment Form requires you to submit more detailed information in respect of your Project, including conducting an energy efficiency evaluation.

Guide to Completing the Technical Assessment Form

This document is a guide to help you complete the Technical Assessment Form.

Commissioning Form and Declarations This form should be populated by the installer during installation then emailed to SEAI and retained by the applicant.
Commissioning Form and installation standards document Please download and complete this excel form as part of your application to the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat.
Terms and Conditions

This document sets out the terms and conditions by which you agree to be bound and is contained in Annex 1 of the Grant Scheme Operating Rules and Guidelines.

Scheme Details This document provides access to the full text of the aid measure
Privacy Policy This document discloses the ways SEAI gathers, uses, discloses, and manages Applicant’s and Nominated Project Contact’s personal data.

Other related documents

The development of the support scheme involved detailed economic analysis, extensive engagement with industry and the publication of two public consultations on the design and implementation of the scheme. Download the reports below that are relevant.

BioHEAT: A policy decision support tool in Ireland's bioenergy and heat sectors - This paper details the methodology for an integrated bioenergy and heat policy decision support tool that is being used to inform policy in Ireland.

Contact us

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Phone: 01 2484982