Commercial, industrial, agricultural and other non- domestic heat users are being supported

Applications have opened for a scheme of up to 15 years of Government support to businesses and farms that install and use biomass and anaerobic digestion (AD)heating systems.

A significant contribution to meeting Ireland’s greenhouse gas emission targets is targeted in this second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH).

The projects supported will increase renewable heat use in Ireland by three percentage points, and decrease emissions by about 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Commercial, industrial, agricultural and other non- domestic heat users are being supported to adopt renewable heating systems.

Making the announcement, Communications, Climate Action and Environment Minister Richard Bruton said: “If we are to cut greenhouse gases, we must replace fossil fuels by renewable sources.”

The scheme is designed to support generation of enough renewable heat for 120,000 homes.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will administer the scheme. Full details are on the seai.ie website.

Biomass boilers can burn products, wastes and residues from agriculture, forestry and related industries, including fisheries and aquaculture, to generate heat.

In anaerobic digestion, organic material such as food waste, agricultural waste, silage, energy crops, breaks down in the absence of oxygen to produce biogas, which can be used to generate heat and/or electricity.

Existing biomass or biogas installations are not eligible for the SSRH.

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

The scheme also offers an ongoing tariff for useable heat output for up to 15 years.

The first phase of the SSRH, in 2018, was an installation grant for heat pumps.

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