Dáil Éireann - Volume 628 - 30 November, 2006

Written Answers. - Alternative Energy Projects.

[1736] Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if grant aid is available to install wood burning heating systems or stoves (details supplied). [40925/06]

  Mr. N. Dempsey: The Greener Homes Scheme, which I launched in March of this year, provides support to homeowners to invest in a range of renewable energy heating technologies including wood biomass boilers and stoves, heat pumps and solar technology. Biomass in this context refers to wood pellets only. The scheme is being administered on behalf of my Department by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). I have asked my officials to forward the individuals details to SEI and they will send out an information pack directly. Details of the scheme can also be obtained directly from SEI’s website (www.sei.ie/greenerhomes) or by calling a dedicated lo-call number 1850 734 734 (1850 SEI SEI).

Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the avenues of appeal open to a person who has been refused a grant under the SEI greener homes scheme and a person who has a grant offer rescinded after an offer has been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41057/06]

  Mr. N. Dempsey: The Greener Homes Scheme is being administered on behalf of my Department by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI).

Applications under the scheme are evaluated by the scheme’s implementation team, against the published set of defined eligibility criteria which can be found on SEI’s website at (www.sei.ie/greenerhomes).

There is a Steering Committee in place (which includes members of the management team) to oversee implementation of the programme.

The process for any individual wishing to appeal any decision under the scheme is to direct their appeal to the Head of Customer Services, Sustainable Energy Ireland, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. All such appeals are considered by a designated Appeals Committee which is a sub group of the Greener Homes Steering Committee.