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SEAI - Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

SMEs can save up to 90% of their lighting electricty costs by upgrading to energy efficient lighting.

The Sustainable Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offers a lighting support scheme for SMEs. To date they have supported over 200 businesses through the scheme, provided financial support of over €1.5 million. With a typical payback period of 1-2 years in average for grant supported LED upgrades (without the grant the payback is normally between 2 – 4 years)*

*source SEAI Website

So Why Lighting?

Lighting is a significant cost for many SMEs, and is the second highest cost for many businesses after staff costs. New developments in lighting technology, particularly Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, means that businesses can reduce their lighting bills by up to 60% or more.

What Support is available to SMEs?

  • The SME Lighting Support Scheme offers a grant of up to 30% of the eligible approved costs of upgrading existing lighting
  • Eligible costs include product and installation costs. For a full list of eligible costs, please see the Application Guide
  • The grant is for the replacement of existing fittings, not fitting out a new site, and the existing lighting must be in working order at the time of application

Who Should Apply?

  • SMEs with fewer than 250 employees across all sectors are eligible to apply
  • Your annual turnover must not exceed €50 million
  • Individual business are welcome to apply, but we would encourage you to speak to an experienced lighting supplier in advance of making an application

How to Apply

Funding for this scheme is limited, so if you are interested in applying please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment:

  1. Complete the application form below using the template provided
  2. Please ensure that you submit all the necessary documents with your application (see the check list below)
  3. Submit your application and all the documents via email to: SMEgrants@seai.ie
    Unfortunately we cannot accept handwritten or postal applications.
  4. Please ensure that documents are fully complete and in the correct format (Excel or pdf) before submitting.

Funding is limited, we recommend you apply early. This will also allow more time for the works to be completed.

Please note that the grant is only available for works that have been undertaken after a Grant Agreement (“Letter of Offer”) has been issued by SEAI. Any costs incurred prior to the signing of the Grant Agreement will not be eligible for support.

Please ensure that you read both sets of guidance carefully as some of the Scheme’s rules have changed since last year.

If you have any questions please contact business@seai.ie.