Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)

A Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was introduced in the UK in 2011 and is still running. As of April 2018 it has supported circa 18,100 installations, with 88% of those being biomass installations and 7% heat pumps. The scheme pays a retrospective pence per kilowatt hour (claimed and paid quarterly) for all metered renewable heat used in accredited installations for a 20 year period.


It is expected that the Irish Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) will operate in a similar manner, providing an incentive payment rewarding users for each unit of renewable heat produced and used, based on metered renewable heat output. The scheme is being set up by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) and will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).


The most recent DCCAE publication outlined the following:


  • Technologies eligible for support to include (but not limited to):
    • Biomass heating systems
    • Anaerobic digestion (AD) heating systems
    • Air-source heat pump
    • Ground-source heat pump
    • Water-source heat pump

  • Up to 30% installation grant for heat pumps.

  • Operational support for biomass and AD heating systems. Period of support up to 15 years. The following table shows the proposed rates.

    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
    2 301 1,000 3.02 2.95
    3 1,001 2,400 0.50 0.50
    4 2,401 10,000 0.50 0.00
    5 10,001 50,000 0.37 0.00
    6 50,000 N/A 0.00 0.00


  • In order to receive operational support, quarterly meter readings from approved heat meters must be submitted.

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