Farrell encourages small businesses in Dublin Fingal to avail of the Smart Lighting Grant Scheme

Closing date for applications is May 31st 2018

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has called on small businesses in the North County to consider applying for funding from the Smart Lighting Grant Scheme operated by the Department of Communications, Climate Change and the Environment.

“The Smart Lighting Grant Scheme, operated by the Department of Communications, Climate Change and the Environment, helps small and medium sized enterprises in reducing their energy usage and costs. Under this Scheme, small businesses can avail of a grant which will cover one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades.

“I am pleased with confirmation that the allocated funding to provide for this Scheme has been increased from €550,000 in 2017 to €3 million for 2018.

“In order to avail of the support available under the Smart Lighting Grant Scheme, small businesses must apply for funding by May 31st to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Further information is available at www.seai.ie/grants.

“In addition to this, there is a further tax incentive, called the Accelerated Capital Allowance Scheme which is operated by Revenue, to support organisations with purchasing highly energy efficient equipment.

“Furthermore, the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme is in place to facilitate businesses in reducing their energy bills even more through allowing for the negotiation of electricity credits with the supplier.

“This combination of supports, available to small and medium sized businesses in Dublin Fingal, and across the country, would greatly benefit many companies in becoming more energy efficient.

“We must, at all times, be conscious of the environment and our impact upon it. The provision of these supports represents a small, but worthwhile step in encouraging the development of a more energy sustainable business environment.

“This step must be accompanied by other measures to work towards developing a more environmentally friendly society, across all sectors and throughout all communities in both the North County, and throughout Ireland.”