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Government moving to fund homes with €25 million to use renewables

February 20, 2019 at 1:02pm

The House Environment Committee on Tuesday reviewed the 2019 draft budget for theRenewable Energy Sources Fund submitted by the Energy Ministry.

The budget includes €25 million for a new subsidies plan to encourage use of renewables and energy saving as well as promoting the use of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Roof insulation

The budget allocates €6.5 million for roof insulation. The scheme will subsidise a single household’s expenses on roof insulation up to 30%, with a subsidy cap of €1,500 per residence.

The amount allocated in last year’s budget for the same reason was €3.5 million.

Photovoltaics

The budget includes an increased subsidy per household (from €3,600 last year to €4,500) for installing photovoltaics with the use of Net Metering.

Those who wish to combine photovoltaics and roof insulation will also receive an increased subsidy.

Net metering is a system which allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated.

Hybrid or electric vehicles

A scheme to fund applicants who wish to install a photovoltaic system to charge an electric or hybrid vehicle, is also included in the budget.

Solar water heaters

An additional €300,000 in funding is included for renewing or replacing solar water heaters.

The budget

The budget provides for €49.28 million in projected revenues, while expenditures are at €64.96 million.

Of the expenditures, €58.61 million will go towards subsidies, of which €29.81 million have to do with generating electrical power from renewable energy sources.

The €25 million for promoting renewable energy use and energy saving in households is included in the €29.81 million figure.

The revenues will be raised by imposing a fixed fee in Electricity Authority bills (€43.70 million), government sponsorship (€4.80 million), emissions trading (€778,009) and other incomes provided by the Fund (€30 million).