Energy Efficiency Grant

What is the Energy Efficiency Grant?

The Energy Efficiency Grant supports the investment in technologies and equipment identified in a Green for Micro Report, GreenStart Report or a SEAI Energy Audit with 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of €5,000.
The aim of the scheme is to reduce the impact of enterprises on the environment thereby increasing the agility and resilience of these businesses.

Who is Eligible for Energy Grant

  • small enterprises (employing between 1 and 50) *
  • who have undertaken a Green for Micro, GreenStart or recent energy audit by a SEAI registered energy auditor and who are not currently clients of Enterprise Ireland/IDA.
  • who are established, registered, and operate within the area of the Local Enterprise Office.
  • where the turnover is in excess of €30,000 annually and the business is trading in excess of 6 months

*except those involved in activities that the Local Enterprise Offices consider as ineligible (primary agricultural, fishery or aquaculture, coal and steel sectors) and those involving an unacceptable reputational risk including gambling, ‘gaming’ (as defined in the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956), adult entertainment, tobacco products and cannabis-based products which are not authorised as medicines).

Eligible Costs

  • Meters (electricity, gas, diesel, oil, water, steam & loggers) and installation costs
  • Smart energy controls e.g., heating, cooling, lighting, automatic on/off systems, parasitic load controls
  • Upgrade lighting to LED (only as part of a package of eligible cost measures)
  • Replacement/upgrade with more energy efficient system, e.g. Heat Pumps (including air, water, and ground source) for manufacturing heating processes
  • Heat recovery
  • Small wind & hydro subject to feasibility assessment
  • Equipment (>10 years) replacement/upgrade such as refrigeration unit, electric steam boiler, electric oven, industrial dishwasher, engineering equipment
  • System components upgrades such as variable speed drives, pumps, fans, condensers, extraction systems, cold room doors

*Products for which the investment is applied for should be registered as Triple E or equivalent.

Ineligible Costs

Ineligible Businesses

  • Are operating solely from a domestic/home based office.
  • Are operating in the coal or steel sector.
  • Are active in the primary agricultural, fishery or aquaculture sectors.
  • Are involved in activities that Local Enterprise Offices considers as ineligible or as involving an unacceptable reputational risk. Ineligible activities include activities relating to:
      • The gambling sector, including ‘gaming’ (as defined in the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956).
      • Adult entertainment.
      • Tobacco and tobacco related products.
      • Cannabis-based products which are not authorised as medicines.
      • Note: This is not an exhaustive list and Enterprise Ireland has a dynamic policy position on several activities. Any queries in relation to the eligibility of an activity will be directed to the Enterprise Ireland Policy department who will assess the case.

You can also register today by clicking here and completing our online application form


Already completed the Green for Micro? You might be eligible for Enterprise Ireland's GreenStart.
Green Start aims to improve environmental performance through greater resource efficiency helping companies achieve competitive advantage and greater market share through enhanced credentials and cost savings. Click here for eligibility and to find out more.