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Republic Of Ireland

Launched in March 2007, the Renewable Heat (ReHeat) Deployment Programme provides assistance for the deployment of renewable heating systems in industrial, commercial, public and community premises in Ireland. The programme is administered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) and is an expansion of the previous Bioheat Boiler Deployment Programme which supported woodchip or pellet boilers only.

The grant payment is subject to any clearances required from the Commission of the European Union and any consents, clearances or licenses which might be required from any other competent body. SEI reserves the right to alter or amend any aspect of this Programme as a consequence of any directions, conditions or requirements of any such consents, clearances or licenses.

Commercial Grants
Under the ReHeat Programme, support of up to 30% of eligible costs is available for Capital Investment projects and support of up to 40% of eligible costs is available for Feasiblity Study projects.

Application Guide
Capital Investment Application Form


Domestic Grants

The Greener Homes Scheme (the “Scheme”) provides assistance to homeowners who intend to purchase a new renewable energy heating system for existing homes. The scheme is administered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (“SEI”) and aims to increase the use of renewable energy and sustainable energy technologies in Irish homes.

Greener Homes Scheme Application Guide Phase 3.
Application Form

 

UK

The Carbon Trust is an independent company funded by Government. It works with UK business and the public sector to cut carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.
The Carbon Trust is operating a scheme where small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in England, Northern Ireland and all businesses in Wales that have been trading for at least 12 months, could borrow from £5,000 to £100,000. It is unsecured, interest free and repayable over a period of up to 4 years. There are no arrangement fees and applying is straightforward. All businesses based in Northern Ireland that have been trading for at least 12 months may be eligible to apply for an unsecured interest free loan of up to £200,000.


The Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) from the Department of Trade and Industry, provides grants for biomass heating systems to private businesses, community organisations, schools, the Public Sector, not-for-profit organisations and householders. Boilers and stoves registered may be found on the Clear Skies website, the predecessor to the LCBP.

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk
www.microgenerationcertification.org
 

SCOTLAND

The scheme has changed in name from Loan Action Scotland to Energy Saving Scotland - small business loans. The minimum loan value has been reduced from £5,000 to £1,000. The maximum loan remains at £100,000.

Loans for renewable installations (although eligible under the previous scheme) are more attractive for businesses due to an extended payback period and the fact that the loan value for renewable installations is no longer linked to the predicted energy savings calculated during an energy audit/review.

Private sector landlords are eligible to apply under the new criteria.

For more information, businesses should contact their local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012 or visit the following website where the new ‘Energy Saving Scotland - small business loans' application form and brochure can be downloaded .On 6th October 2008, the Scottish Government launched its Renewable Energy Framework consultation and announced it would run a round of funding for biomass, specifically to encourage renewable heat use by businesses and in district heating demonstrators. This has been followed by the Renewable Heat Action Plan launched on 5th November 2009.

The £3.3 million Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme is Scotland-wide, funded by Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Of this, £1.3 million is available in the Highlands & Islands area and £2 million in the Lowlands & Uplands Scotland area.

The SBHS provides grants for the installation of biomass heating systems in business premises and district heating demonstrators. The SBHS will support for small-medium sized enterprises, and is restricted to heat-only biomass applications. The Scottish Government would particularly welcome applications for district heating demonstrators from private developers.

Key drivers are:

• increased take-up of renewable heat use by businesses;
• the strategic transformation of the Scottish woodfuel market;
• supporting rural economies by creating sustainable green jobs;
• contributing to renewable energy targets;
• maximising carbon savings.


www.usewoodfuel.co.uk

 

Community Energy Scotland

Community Energy Scotland has taken over the work and staff of the former Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company.  Community Energy Scotland is a new Scottish Charity set up to support communities throughout Scotland to develop sustainable energy projects.   It receives funding from both the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise for its work.
Contact Community Energy Scotland:

Visit: www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Email: info@communityenergyscotland.org.uk 
Tel: 01349 860120

Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI). SCHRI offers project support and technical and capital grants to community organisations to help with the installation of renewable technologies. Funding awards are determined on a case by case basis, with the average grant being in the region of 30 - 50 per cent
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland



WALES


The Wood Energy Business Scheme (WEBS) is a support programme for businesses in the Objective 1 areas of West Wales and the Valleys, and the Objective 2 area of Powys. It has been established by Forestry Commission Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, with European funding through both Objective 1 and 2 mechanisms.

WEBS provides appropriate projects with grant support to facilitate the installation and operation of woodfuel powered heating and power generation plant, and equipment for initial the processing of roundwood into chip and pellet form. By doing so it will provide the pump-priming impetus for development of a viable supply infrastructure. This in turn provides a real incentive for landowners to bring woodland back into management, with associated environmental benefits, and potential rural employment prospects.


Wood Energy Business Scheme 2.
A scheme to encourage the establishment of small to medium scale heat and CHP wood energy market in Wales. Open to businesses who wish to produce, sell or buy woodfuel or supply heat from woodfuel.

Grants available of up to 48.2% of eligible costs towards the capital costs of installing woodfuel heating systems and combined heat and power (CHP) below 5 MWe, and also the cost of installing woodfuel processing equipment.

The second round of this scheme opened for business May 2009.
N.B. Details of the second round may be different from the first round. More information will be published as it becomes available. www.forestry.gov.uk


Northern Ireland

NIE Community LCBP Phase 2 Top-up is to encourage community groups in Northern Ireland to apply for Low Carbon Buildings Programme Funding. LCBP grant levels vary for PV, Solar Water Heating, Wind and Biomass, so NIE will top-up the grant to an overall 65% of the installed cost. Grants PV - 50% LCBP + 15% NIE, or £900 per kWp, whichever is lower. SWH - LCBP 30% + 35% NIE Wind - LCBP 30% + NIE 35%, or £1,000 per kW, whichever is lower. Biomass - LCBP 35% + 30% NIE. Please note all NIE Top-up grants will be capped at £5,000 for each technology. Applicants receiving funding for the same renewable project from any other NIE programme will not be funded through the NIE Community LCBP Phase 2 Top-up. Ursula Toman, Northern Ireland Energy Agency, is managing the scheme on NIE's behalf. Please contact her on 028 9026 5996 for further details and an application form www.nie-yourenergy.co.uk.


NIE Non Domestic Biomass Application Form
SMART Programme Application
Household Top Up Grants
www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

The Carbon Trust is operating a scheme where small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in, Northern Ireland and all businesses that have been trading for at least 12 months, could borrow from £5,000 to £100,000. It is unsecured, interest free and repayable over a period of up to 4 years. There are no arrangement fees and applying is straightforward. All businesses based in Northern Ireland that have been trading for at least 12 months may be eligible to apply for an unsecured interest free loan of up to £200,000.       www.managenergy.net
 
 
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