Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) phase 2 opened by Minister Richard Bruton

Applications open today Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)

The second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems has now opened.

This round of the Scheme will support businesses and farms for up to 15 years for the installation and on-going use of biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems. The Scheme is designed to support up to 1,300 GWh of renewable heat per year (equivalent to the heating needs of circa 120,000 homes).

3cea welcome the recent announcement for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH). Reference:

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said: “If we are to cut greenhouse gases, we must replace fossil fuels by renewable sources. This scheme is designed to replace fossil fuel heating systems by heat pumps and by heat from biomass or anaerobic digestion. These are sustainable and renewable sources.”

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What is SSRH?

SSRH is designed to financially support the replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with renewable energy for large heat demand non-domestic users or non-emissions trading (ETS) sector. The Scheme is made up of two support mechanisms:

  • an on-going operational support for biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems
  • an installation grant for electric heat pumps

An installation grant of up to 30% to support investment in renewable heating system that uses the following technologies:

  • air-source heat pumps
  • ground source heat pumps
  • water source heat pumps

An operational support based on usable heat output in renewable heating systems in new installations or installations that currently use fossil fuel heating system and convert using the following technologies:

  • biomass heating system
  • anaerobic digestion heating system

The operational support scheme will be open to a wide range of users, and beneficiaries will receive operating aid in the form of a tariff payment for the useful heat generated over a 15-year period.

Tier Lower Limit (MWh/yr) Upper Limit (MWh/yr) Biomass Heating Systems  Anerobic Digestion 
Tarriff (c/kWh) Heating Systems (c/kWh)
1 0 300 5.66 2.95
2 300 1,000 3.02 2.95
3 1,000 2,400 0.5 0.5
4 2,400 10,000 0.5 0
5 10,000 50,000 0.37 0
6 50,000                                      N/A 0 0


Who can apply?

The scheme is open to:

  • commercial
  • industrial
  • agricultural
  • district heating
  • public sector
  • other non-domestic heat users.

Eligibility Criteria?

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will administer the scheme. Full details of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat including the tariff levels, terms and conditions and how to apply are available on SEAI’s website.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that:

  • Proposed heat use is eligible and adheres to verified energy efficiency criteria
  • Heat generating technologies and project installations comply with Building Regulations, Construction Products Regulations, EN Standards, efficiency, technology standards and air quality standards in relation to emissions
  • Designers and Installers are competent to carry out works
  • Recipients of payments meet tax clearance requirements

    Terms & Conditions and full details available on the SEAI website:

    How can 3CEA help?

    Over the past 6 years, 3CEA has helped deliver cumulative energy savings of €14.3m plus. Of this, 57% has been in thermal/heating costs for clients. A further 29% in energy savings have been achieved across transport and 14% in electricity.

    We can project manage the entire process for clients – from your initial application right through to completion and sign-off. Our services include:

    • Grant application
    • A full quality assessment of contractors and suppliers
    • Procurement of the best value contractor
    • Managing contractor deadlines
    • Sign off and Grant draw downs
    • Arranging finance with the appropriate lender, if required

Existing biomass or biogas installations will not be eligible for support under the SSRH.

Interested in applying?

3cea are currently accepting expressions of interest to apply for the scheme. The details requested in the contact form below will give our team the key information needed to advise you on whether your business / farm is suitable for the programme.

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To apply for the scheme, please complete to above form and a member of our team will be in contact. Thank you.