Teagasc/SEAI launch €400,000 dairy farm energy efficiency scheme

In collaboration with Teagasc, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has launched a new scheme for 2018 of support for installation of more efficient vacuum and milk pump technology on dairy farms.

Teagasc/SEAI launch €400,000 dairy farm energy efficiency scheme

By Stephen Cadogan

In collaboration with Teagasc, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has launched a new scheme for 2018 of support for installation of more efficient vacuum and milk pump technology on dairy farms.

Last year, the SEAI piloted this scheme of grants for retrofitting of vacuum and milk pumps. Farmers who participated in 2017’s pilot project have reported reduced running costs of vacuum pump/milk pump system, reduced noise, and improved vacuum.

Up to €400,000 is available for the 2018 follow-up.

A retrofit of a complete new vacuum pump, including pump, motor and inverter VSD with controls, can be grant aided at the rate of 50%, with the maximum level of support excluding VAT at €5,000 (single phase) or €3,000 (three phase).

The retrofit of an existing vacuum pump with inverter VSD and controls can qualify for maximum support excluding VAT at €1,750 (single phase) or €1,250 (three phase). Retrofitting the milk pump with inverter VSD and controls, and pump and/or motor as required can qualify for maximum support excluding VAT at €1,000 for single and three-phase.

The scheme is open to all dairy farmers supplying all major co-operatives.

All herd sizes are covered, and single and three phase electricity are both eligible. To be considered, applicants must:

- Have a supplier number and be currently engaged in milk production, and

- Be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine under the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme as a herd owner or herd keeper, or be a holder of another Department identifier.

Local Teagasc advisors or other dairy farm advisors can assist with information and completing application documentation, or the SEAI can be contacted for further details, at info@seai.ie (email) or 01-8082100. To apply, submit the following to SEAI:

- Completed energy efficiency dairy grant application.

- Completed certification of 2017 milk supply.

- Evidence of herd number on a copy of letter/correspondence issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain quotations from at least three suppliers to ensure they get value for money. This information can be used to populate their application form.

SEAI will endeavour to process applications and issue a “Letter of Offer” to the farmer within four weeks.

Successful applicants should only then proceed to purchase the new equipment to be installed, when in receipt of this Letter of Offer, which must be signed and returned to SEAI within 14 days of date of issue.

- Full details: seai.ie/grants/business-grants/dairy-farm-grant/

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