Support Scheme for Energy Audits
SEAI’s Support Scheme for Energy Audits (SSEA) will offer SMEs a €2,000 voucher towards the cost of a high quality energy audit. In most cases, this will cover the total cost of the audit. Application to the scheme is easy, with automatic approval for eligible businesses.
Businesses applying to the scheme must be:
- non-obligated entities
- tax compliant
- registered in the Republic of Ireland
- spend at least €10,000 on energy per year at the site being audited
Definition of non-obligated entities
Non-obligated entities are organisations that do not have to complete an energy audit under Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (transposed into Irish legislation in SI426). Non obligated entities are either:
- small and medium enterprises (SMEs), or
- public sector bodies with a useful floor area less than 500m2 and spending less than €35,000 per year on energy
If you are not sure whether your business is an SME, or if you are a linked enterprise, please review the definition to ensure that you are eligible for the scheme.
You can apply online and the voucher will be issued to you automatically provided that you meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more here.
The application process is as follows:
- Select an energy auditor from the SEAI list of Registered Energy Auditors. Ensure that the auditor is participating in the SSEA (check column X). When you contact the auditor they will ask for a few key details about your business and will confirm the cost of the audit.
- Register with your name and contact details and complete the SEAI online form
- The voucher, containing your Application Number, is issued to you automatically by email
- Schedule the audit with your auditor
- The audit takes place
- Your auditor issues the report to you and claims payment from SEAI