Support Scheme for Renewable Heat

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, is introducing a national Support Scheme for Renewable Heat after securing Government approval.


The Scheme is designed to financially support the replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with renewable energy for large heat demand non-domestic users.  This covers commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic businesses and sectors (in the non-emissions trading sector). 


 Try this handy calculator to estimate the potential savings you could see when you switch to the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH).


This support scheme for renewable heat will reward user with a paid tariff for the amount of fuel burned for heat using renewable source fuel. The tariff paid depends on the amount of energy used per annum and the announced tariff has a stepped decreasing scale on increased usage. Currently it doesn't seem to matter what size the boiler is for the tariff like in the UK. The tariff is simply based upon the amount of heat supplied. 


This will stop installation of boilers that are the wrong size and inappropriate and the correct sized boiler for the heat demand will be used. However, we would think that there will be more prevalence of the smallest possible boiler being installed which may not be appropriate for the system. At Filtrex, we offer a full service including heat demand calculation and design loading the appropriate sized boiler.

This scheme has been announced for 15 years. The tariff will be paid for that period. It is important to make sure your boiler will last this long and that the maintenance fees won't cancel out potential savings in choosing a cheaper boiler. Filtrex can advise on choice of boiler plus potential maintenance fees as we have many boilers that are several years old with many tens of thousands of hours of usage on the clock.

We would estimate the take up will be strong for this scheme. In the UK tariffs have been adjusted down based on the take up of the scheme so don't delay putting in a new biomass boiler.



Tier Lower Limit (MWh/yr) Upper Limit (MWh/yr)

Biomass Heating Systems

Tariff (c/kWh)

Anaerobic Digestion Heating Systems (c/kWh)
1 0 300 5.66 2.95
2 300 1,000 3.02 2.95
3 1,000 2,400 0.50 0.50
4 2,400 10,000 0.50 0.00
5 10,000 50,000 0.37 0.00
6 50,000 N/A 0.00 0.00

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