Support Scheme for Renewable Heat – Rates introduced

The government funded initiative called Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) has been announced in Ireland. It is similar to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and has been brought in to assist Irelands 2020 renewable energy targets.

The primary objective of the support scheme for renewable heat is to increase the level of renewable energy in the heat sector. Ireland has a goal of 12% renewable energy for the heating sector and is currently just 6.8%

The support is expected to be paid for a period up to 15 years. It will be based on useable heat output in renewable heating systems in new installations or installations that currently use a fossil fuel heating system and convert to using the following technologies:

  • Biomass heating systems
  • Anaerobic digestion heating systems

We can also expect a grant of up to 30% to support investment in renewable heating systems that use particular types of heat pumps.

The scheme is expected to pay a tiered system in a c/KWh basis. It is expected to be split into six tiers with the limits and proposed tariff rates detailed below.

€17 Million for (RHI) Scheme Ireland

The 2017 budget was one of huge importance for the renewable energy industry. Ireland is currently under pressure from the EU to reach the 2020 target for renewable energy (16%). The target for heating and cooling is to grow energy usage from renewables to 12%. Ireland has grown this figure to 8.6% over the past few years but has plenty more to go to reach the target. If Ireland should fail to reach the EU renewable-energy targets, we will be forced to pay a fine of €75 million each year.

€17 million worth of funds was allocated to the RHI in the 2017 budget, this is an attempt from the government to encourage people to invest in renewable energies for heating and cooling, both domestically and commercially.

It is understood that the scheme will cover additional costs of generating heat from renewable sources by providing a payment on a ‘per unit of energy produced’ basis. Meaning renewable energy will become even more cost efficient for both homeowners and businesses.

Galú accumulator tanks can help increase the efficiency of a renewable energy system. This is because of the strong connection between accumulator tanks and managing renewable energy for heating.

For example, if a biomass boiler is heating a household and the house has reached the desired temperature there is no longer a use for the energy being produced. However, the biomass boiler cannot instantly be turned off. With an accumulator tank the remaining energy is stored and can be held until the next day when the heat is required in the house again. A standing alone Galú accumulator tank has roughly one degree Celsius of heat loss over a 24 hour period  making it an ideal product to be partnered with biomass boilers.

For more information on biomass systems and how our accumulator tanks can optimise they’re performance have a look at our Galú classic page.

To see how an accumulator tank can benefit your house or business today go to the click here and contact us today.


GALÚ Biomass Tank

Take a look at a recent installation of a Galu Biomass tank, the tank was installed with 3MW Heizomat Biomass Boilers and Dryers. This energy option has opened up additional income streams for the business and increased its green credentials. It is expected that the firm may see fuel savings of up to £105,369 and the project has an expected payback period of just 3.6 years.


Other benefits the project has offered the company are:

  • Guarantees additional revenue for 20 years.
  • Offers multiple fuel options including Wood Chip, Pellets, Shavings, Sawdust and Rape Straw.
  • Cuts firm’s carbon footprint and enhances green credentials.
  • Reduces the reliance on oil significantly.

For more information on the Galu Biomass tank builds and how it could suit your business please contact us at:

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