A 35% Grant from SEAI through the Better Energy Communities has been awarded to the first 40 homes within this scheme for 2019. Homeowners need to demonstrate the amount of Kwh/yr. (energy) savings after their upgrade works have been carried out.
Grant measures that obtain a 35% Grant include
- Attic Insulation at ceiling level only
- Cavity Wall Insulation, External Wall Insulation
- Heating Controls upgrade
- Stove (room heater only)
- Windows & Doors (maximum €2,000)
- Solar panels, Photovoltaic panels
Grant measures that obtain a 35% Grant include – maximum €6,500
* Heat pump (Air to Water)
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.
A BER assessment is required on your home before and after works have been complete, this will be organised for you by the scheme. The post work BER must be a B2 minimum.
The overall cost under this scheme for the BER assessment is €332, each homeowner is obliged to pay €200 towards the two BER assessments (to be paid along with upgrade works cost to ECTC), the remaining fee will be subsidised by ECTC, only homeowners who have carried out work under the Better Energy Communities can avail of the BER assessment.
A technical assessment is only required if you wish to install a heat pump. It cost €425 for this assessment and must be paid directly to Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative before the assessment takes place. See Heat Pump below *
- 100% 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.
- 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.
- All works must be completed by October 12th2019 so that Grant Aid can be drawn down from SEAI.
- For a limited period in 2018 Heat pumps will be allocated 50% 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 uninsulated with leaky windows a heat pump is not the heating solution for you 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 airtightness 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 35% grant to carry out any of these upgrade measure before installing the heat pump.
- The applicant must be the owner of the home of which the grant application is made (not applicable to mobile homes, caravans, houseboats or other temporary dwellings).
- As part of its aim to promote Tipperary having energy efficient communities, there may be a need for awareness activities including case studies, site visits, media and other promotional materials etc. Individual householders may be asked to allow upgrade works to be viewed for these purposes on a voluntary basis