Better Energy Community Grant Scheme
A Grant from SEAI through the Better Energy Communities scheme has been awarded to Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative to retrofit homes within Tipperary for 2018. Homeowners need to demonstrate the amount of Kwh/yr (energy) savings after their upgrade works have been carried out.
Grant measures that obtain an 80% Grant include:
- Attic Insulation
- Cavity Wall Insulation
- External Wall Insulation
- Heating Controls upgrade
- Stove (room heater only)
Grant measures that obtain a 90% Grant include – maximum €12,000
- Heat pump (Air to Water)
Availing of the Grant Scheme
Under this scheme grant aid for Better Energy Communities upgrades are available for houses that were built pre-2006, for Heat pumps only built pre–2011. This can be identified on the ESB meter box or on window panels or with the planning permission documents.
Building Energy Rating Assessment (BER)
A BER assessment is required on your home before and after works have been complete, this will be organised for you by the scheme. A BER Assessor from Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative BER Assessor Panel will be used. These assessors have been trained and educated on the Better Energy Communities scheme. The BER is an indication of the energy performance of a building. The overall cost under this scheme for the BER assessment is €332. €150 is required from each homeowner towards the cost of the two BER assessments.
A technical assessment is only required if you wish to install a heat pump. It cost €225 for this assessment and must be paid directly to Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative before the assessment takes place. See Heat Pump below.
The stoves on this scheme will be provided by Sola Ltd. 80% of the cost of the installation of the stove is covered by the grant scheme. The homeowner has the choice of picking out their preferred stove from the Sola shop – to a value of €1,000 including VAT. 80% of this value is covered by the grant. If a more expensive stove is chosen, the grant will not cover any cost over €1,000.
If you are only installing a stove into your property – you are obliged under the scheme to install a climote hub, Energy monitor and LED bulbs.
Fuel Allowance Qualification
To qualify for the higher-level Grant, you must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme
- Job Seekers Allowance for over six months (with Children under the age of 7)
- Family Income Supplement (FIS)
- One Parent Family Payment
- Domiciliary Care Allowance
Application Process for the Scheme
- The homeowner must return a signed Application Form to the Project Coordinator by the date outlined on your letter.
- 20% of the total quoted price must be paid to ECTC before any works commence on site by the Contractor. This money will be held by ECTC and will only be released to the Contractor once all works have been signed off, and the after BER has been carried out.
- Payment should be made out to Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative; or a bank lodgement with proof of payment – a receipt will be given from the Project Co-ordinator for this payment on request. €150 for BER assessment must also be included.
- Works may commence on site once payment to ECTC is received.
- SEAI will inspect at least 20% of upgraded houses**.
- All invoices and receipts from the Contractor will be dealt with by ECTC, and will be the basis of the drawing down of the Grant money from SEAI.
**The Project Co-ordinator and SEAI reserve the right to inspect any works carried out under the Better Energy Communities Residential Grant Scheme. All completed works may be subject to inspection. Properties may be the subject of a sampling process and homeowners will be notified prior to inspection. Inspections will be carried out at a time agreed by the homeowner and the agency.
All works must be completed by October 12th 2018 so that Grant Aid can be drawn down from SEAI. If there is a possibility of delays in any household, the works must not commence as grant funding will not be made available to unfinished work.
For a limited period in 2018 Heat pumps will be allocated 90% Grant funding. A technical assessment must be carried out on your home to check that your home is heat pump ready. If you house is not insulated with leaky windows a heat pump is not the heating solution for your home. A heat pump runs at a lower temperature than a normal condensing oil or gas boiler, therefore the house must be well insulated with good air-tightness to get the best results from a heat pump. You must achieve at least 2 W/km2 on the fabric heat loss indicator in the technical assessment, if you do not achieve this, our technical advisory will outline the measure you need to take to achieve this. Example – to pump your cavity walls with insulation, you can avail of the 80% grant to carry out any of these upgrade measure before installing the heat pump.