Smart lighting fund for SME’s can lead to 90% savings on lighting costs
Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed that national applications are now open for €3 million Lighting Upgrade Grant Scheme.
Senator Lombard said that funding has been increased this year following a successful pilot scheme in 2017, the scheme will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) 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 coordinators [who group applications and can deliver lighting upgrades for a number of businesses].
Senator Lombard continued: “The Programme for Partnership Government committed to providing additional resources to help support start-ups and small businesses across the country.
“There are currently over 200,000 SMEs operating in Ireland and this scheme aims to support energy efficient lighting upgrades across all SME sectors.
“Collectively small businesses account for a significant portion of national and global energy demand. The smart lighting grant will significantly help businesses reduce their energy-use, supporting our local economies but also helping to protect our environment.
“We in Fine Gael believe that our small businesses need these types of support to help them thrive in our resurgent economy. I would like to thank Minister Naughten for making this funding available.”
09 May 2018