The National “Support Scheme for Renewable Heat” (SSRH) will allow firms who generate heat from renewable sources to receive substantial ongoing payments. The Republic’s scheme is designed to support financially the replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with renewable energy for “heat demand from non-domestic users”.
It covers commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic businesses and sectors. The aviation sector, large industrial plants and power generation companies are excluded. The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat is a tangible and viable measure that will kick-start the biomass and biogas sectors. Crucially, it will provide the basis to create new commercial opportunities for farmers in heat technologies, including biomass boiler installations, and new opportunities for foresters.
Energy & Emission Reduction
The Scheme will also contribute to meeting Ireland’s 2020 renewable energy and emission reduction targets. Under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland’s target is to deliver 12 per cent of energy consumed in the heat sector from renewable energy sources by 2020. Currently, 6.8 per cent of the energy consumed in the heat sector is renewable. Budget 2018 allocated €7 million to fund the initial phase in 2018. The scheme is designed to ensure air quality impacts will be addressed to support sustainable biomass use in installations, using best available technology and emission abatement.