New Energy Efficiency Grant For Small Businesses

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Local Enterprise Week 2024

Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country. This year Local Enterprise Week takes place from Monday,

The Energy Efficiency Grant supports the investment in technologies and equipment of enterprises following on from a Green for Micro/Business Report, GreenStart Report or a SEAI Energy Audit with 50% of eligible costs from a minimum grant of €1,000 to a maximum of €5,000. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the impact of enterprises on the environment thereby increasing the agility and resilience of these businesses.

Who is Eligible for Energy Grant
small enterprises (employing between 1 and 50) *
who have undertaken a Green for Micro, GreenStart or recent energy audit by a SEAI registered energy auditor and who are not currently clients of Enterprise Ireland/IDA.
who are established, registered, and operate within the area of the Local Enterprise Office.
where the turnover is in excess of €30,000 annually and the business is trading in excess of 6 months
*except those involved in activities that the Local Enterprise Offices consider as ineligible (primary agricultural, fishery or aquaculture, coal and steel sectors) and those involving an unacceptable reputational risk including gambling, ‘gaming’ (as defined in the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956), adult entertainment, tobacco products and cannabis-based products which are not authorised as medicines).

Eligible Costs

Meters (electricity, gas, diesel, oil, water, steam & loggers) and installation costs
Smart energy controls e.g., heating, cooling, lighting, automatic on/off systems, parasitic load controls
Upgrade lighting to LED (only as part of a package of eligible cost measures)
Replacement/upgrade with more energy efficient system, e.g. Heat Pumps (including air, water, and ground source) for manufacturing heating processes
Heat recovery
Small wind & hydro subject to feasibility assessment
Equipment (>10 years) replacement/upgrade such as refrigeration unit, electric steam boiler, electric oven, industrial dishwasher, engineering equipment
System components upgrades such as variable speed drives, pumps, fans, condensers, extraction systems, cold room doors
*Products for which the investment is applied for should be registered as Triple E or equivalent.


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