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The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) is now awaiting EU State Aid approval, before it can be rolled out. It is likely to be Q4 2018 before we see the launch, but the actual date of implementation has not yet been announced. Kevin Brady, Principal Officer in DCCAE spoke at the IrBEA conference in February and confirmed that they are progressing well through the national and EU regulatory process. He added that the Government has committed €300m to fund the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) over the next 10 years.
The scheme will pay users of large boilers, particularly in the commercial and agricultural sector, a subsidy to switch to renewable sources, including biomass. It is aimed at mid-scale heat production, for boilers in the 500kW to 10 MW range, but does not extend to the larger heat producers, who are already in the ETS scheme. Biogas from anaerobic digestion may receive support under the scheme in a later phase.
What is it?
The SSRH is part of the Government’s new National Development Plan 'Project Ireland 2040'. Released in February, it covers measures in energy efficiency, renewable electricity, agriculture, transport and climate adaptation. The scheme, which has an initial target date of 2021, is aiming to upgrade 45,000 homes per year and up to 4,500 megawatts of new renewable electricity and introduce low-emission, electric buses in urban areas. A €500m Climate Action Fund was also announced, to help pay for projects and initiatives that cut across transport, energy efficiency, renewable energy, research and agriculture.
How can we help?
Action Renewables has over 10 years experience in renewable heat generation. We have been involved in carrying out feasibility studies, advising on finance options including energy services contracts (ESCo’s) and we have made over 500 applications to the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat scheme, on behalf of clients. It is likely that the SSRH will use the same application process and platform that was used in the UK.