It’s time to make an impact on the environment. Ireland still relies heavily on fossil fuels – about 70% of our energy is generated using oil, coal, peat, and other non-renewable sources, which has a serious effect on the environment. This year, the government launched the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat, or “SSRH” for biomass heating; a financial incentive to encourage businesses to switch from fossil fuels to more sustainable heating.
In 2011, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was announced in the UK. This incentive, which is still running 8 years later, pays businesses and homeowners to use renewable heat sources (such as biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal panels), rather than fossil fuels.
SSRH will operate in a similar way to RHI. Business owners will receive set payments per kWh of heat produced on a tiered basis, over the course of 15 years.