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Document Title: Support Scheme for Renewable Heat: Draft Terms and Conditions (SSRH Ts&Cs)                               
Date: August 2018


1.0 Overview

The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat is a current Government programme to incentivise renewable heat in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), now open for applications.

It will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

According to IrBEA:

  • SSRH is available for all commercial applications with no lower limit
  • The budget for the scheme is €18m per year for 15 years, the €18m budget is for biomass alone
  • The online portal for applications is open to allow people to become familiar with the requirements

2.0 Support Mechanisms 2.1 Operational Support (ongoing for 15 years)

  • Biomass Boilers or biomass CHP
  • Biogas (AD) or biogas CHP

2.2 Installation Grant (one-off payment)

  • Air source heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Water source heat pumps

3.0 Tariffs

Tier Lower Limit


Upper Limit


Biomass Heating Systems

Tariff (c/kWh)

Anaerobic Digestion

Heating Systems (c/kWh)

1 0 300 5.66 2.95
2 300 1,000 3.02 2.95
3 1,000 2,400 0.50 0.50
4 2,400 10,000 0.50 0.00
5 10,000 50,000 0.37 0.00
6 50,000 N/A 0.00 0.00
  • Water source heat pumps

Procedures for determining eligible costs will be set out in the Operating Rules.

5.0 Applications

Eligible Applicants

  • Commercial, industrial, agricultural, public sector, district heating or other non-domestic heat user whose activities fall outside the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • There are no minimum or maximum heat capacity limits
  • District heating has a minimum eligible size 
  • Applicants cannot receive other public funding for the same renewable heat output. If other support is in place the applicant must demonstrate that there is no duplication of support

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