There are over 80 different government supports available to small businesses but many of them are not well known or understood. Each week in the SFA e-zine, we will profile a different support that could improve your business, giving you information and advice.
Lighting support scheme for SMEs
A grant for replacing and upgrading existing lighting. Standard ‘like for like’ upgrades can apply for a maximum of 30% funding. Grouped applications including smart metering can avail of up to 35% funding.
Expenses covered include:
- New energy efficient light products from the SEAI triple E register
- Lighting controls
Energy efficient lighting can save you up to 90% on your annual lighting electricity costs, representing an important cost saving for small firms. For many businesses, however, the initial investment in upgrading their lighting poses challenges, so the SEAI grant scheme can help firms with this investment.
Even though SMEs individually consume small to moderate amounts of energy, collectively they account for a significant portion of national energy demand.
Applicants must first fill out an application on the SEAI website, undertake a lighting survey and complete a lighting evaluation workbook. Applications should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should be individual businesses or group applications. Applications must entail a whole building or facility, which includes lighting upgrades undertaken in all service areas within the building.
If you are interested in applying, don’t forget:
- Applicants should be located in the Republic of Ireland and must have less than 50 employees
- Projects need to be fully completed and a claim for payment submitted by 14 September 2018
- More information is available on the SEAI website.