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Details of the Irish RHI Announced

Details of the Irish RHI Announced

11 December 2017

Minister Naughten has just announced details about the RHI in Ireland and we now know there are going to be four bands of payments for biomass produced heat.

The first 300/MWh will be paid at €56.60/MWh, the next 700MWh will be at €30.20/MWh, the next 9,000/MWh at €5.00/MWh and a final 40,000/MWh at €3.70/MWh. There are no payments above 50,000/MWh.

This is quite different from the GB and Northern Irish RHI schemes. On the face of it there is no incentive to over or under size systems and the size of systems can be dependent upon the heat load and its profile, as it should be.

When thinking about the market opportunities, applications such as hospitals, hotels, schools and care homes should represent good places to start. Even better will be swimming pools that have lower peak loads, and base load applications should be attractive in all circumstances.

The Irish RHI is designed to grow the biomass and AD sectors and further details are due to be announced in February 2018.

Read the press release from DCCAE here.