Energy Grants for Businesses 2017

So you’re sold on the multiple benefits of energy efficient LED lighting systems, such as up to 90% savings in energy costs, improved lighting levels and the elimination of high ongoing maintenance costs. What next? Having made the decision to upgrade an existing facility to energy efficient LED lighting, or install an intelligent system in a new build, managers should review and understand the different energy grant opportunities available in Ireland to maximise your lighting project.

To simplify this process, we’ve compiled a list of business lighting energy grants available to Irish industrial and/or commercial facilities in 2017. PereGreen has a dedicated team to help clients apply and successfully secure energy grant funding, so contact us today if you would like to learn more.

SEAI Smart Lighting Grant Scheme

The Smart Lighting Grant Scheme is an Energy Efficiency Grant Scheme available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The Scheme provides 40% funding toward lighting upgrades for certain SME’s (This is a pilot energy grant scheme that is currently due to close in November 2017).

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Republic of Ireland with less than 250 employees in the following sectors are eligible to apply
• Fitness Centres
• Retailers
• Small Hotels / Large B&Bs
• Pharmacies
• Nursing Homes
• Jewellers

Additional sectors will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on the Smart Lighting Grant Scheme is available here.

Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme

Under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme, energy suppliers must support energy efficiency projects in businesses and homes across Ireland. The scheme started in 2014 and will run until at least 2020. It places obligations on energy suppliers and distributors to deliver energy savings. This is true for all energy types, including electricity, gas, and solid fuel.

This Scheme applies to both the Residential and Non-Residential sector.

In the non-residential sector or business sector, eligible measures are those applied to your business or organisation. If you are undergoing any of these measures, the obligated party will calculate the energy credits achieved in accordance with our guide on authenticating and claiming energy credits below.

There are two types of supports provided under this grant – Financial support and Technical support.

Financial support can range from:

• A direct monetary contribution towards a project

• Facilitating low-interest loans

• Negotiating discounts on materials (e.g. lighting supplies, high-efficiency pumps, and motors)

• Reduced energy prices or tariffs

Technical support to a project may be:

• Providing a certified energy practitioner to carry out energy audits

• Implementing energy management systems

• Identifying energy efficiency opportunities

• Measuring and verifying savings once opportunities have been realised

• They could also provide advice on planning, sourcing, and installing technologies. This might include combined heat and power, building management systems, and heat recovery systems.

Additional information on energy grants through the EEOS (Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme) is available here.

ACA & Triple E Scheme

The Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) is a tax incentive to encourage companies to invest in energy efficient equipment. It allows companies to deduct the full cost of such equipment from their taxable profits in the same year of purchase. This is significantly more attractive than regular “wear and tear” capital allowance claims that deduct 12.5% of equipment costs from taxable profits over an 8 year period. By encouraging companies to purchase energy-efficient equipment, the ACA aims to improve the overall energy efficiency of Irish companies. This assists Ireland in meeting its EU targets for energy savings and the reduction of carbon emissions

The SEAI administers the ACA scheme on behalf of DCCAE. Products that are eligible for the ACA are listed on the Triple E Product Register. This is a benchmark register of best in class energy efficiency equipment. It provides a reference for companies who wish to invest in energy efficient equipment. SEAI are responsible for setting the eligibility criteria for the register and maintaining and reviewing the list of eligible products.

All PereGreen Energy products qualify under the Triple E Scheme.

Additional information on the ACA & Triple E Scheme is available here.

EXEED Grant Scheme

Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design (EXEED) enables organisations to establish a systematic approach to design, construction, and commissioning processes for new investments and upgrades to existing assets. The EXEED Certified program aims to influence and deliver new best practices in energy efficient design management. EXEED designs, verifies and manages optimum energy performance and management at the earliest stages of the lifecycle.

Additional information on the EXEED Grant Scheme is available here.

Better Energy Communities Scheme.

The Better Energy Community (BEC) programme assists energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support. The BEC programme funds a range of project types. We aim to deliver energy savings to homeowners, communities, and private sector organisations. All projects should be community oriented with a cross-sectoral approach, and you must show that you can sustainably finance the proposed project.

Partnership is essential for a successful application. You should seek partnership from organisations that fall into the eligible categories. These partnerships can be assisted by SEAI if required.

Innovative and pioneering partnerships between sectors are encouraged. This might include collaborations between public and private sectors, residential and non-residential sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, or financing entities and energy suppliers. Projects that are part of a larger energy efficiency project or engage with other SEAI programmes are welcome.

Additional information on the Better Energy Communities Scheme (BEC) can be found here.

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