Small businesses have until the end of May to apply for the Smart Lighting Grant scheme, according to Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh.
Cllr Kavanagh is advising all interested businesses to make an application before the deadline.
Cllr Kavanagh said “The total funding allocation secured in 2018 by Minister Naughten is €3 million. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is administering the Scheme and applications are open until May 31st 2018.
“The grant is open to small businesses across all sectors including retail, hospitality, tourism, private education, health facilities and manufacturing.
“Applications can be submitted by individual businesses, or by co-ordinators who group applications and are capable of applying and delivering lighting upgrades for a number of businesses. The purpose of the support Scheme is to help SMEs reduce their energy use and costs. The grant will cover more than one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades.”
There is a further tax incentive under the Accelerated Capital Allowance scheme that is also available and opportunities to negotiate electricity credits with suppliers under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme that would bring down the cost of a smart lighting upgrade even further.
A more detailed Guide for Applicants can be accessed here: https://www.seai.ie/resources/publications/SEAI-Support-Scheme-for-SMEs-Lighting-Application-Guide-2018-ver-1.7-final.pdf