The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have collaborated with Teagasc to run a scheme for dairy farmers that has offered grant support for more efficient vacuum and milk pumps for the past two years - applications are now open for 2019.
The grant will provide financial support of 40% for the installation of variable speed drive vacuum and milk pump technology.
However, it’s important to note that the grant is only available for the replacement or retrofit of existing vacuum and milk pumps. There are two types of systems covered - the vacuum system grant aid and the milk system grant aid.
The aim of the scheme is to cut costs for the farmer and boost energy efficiency to free up resources that can be invested in more productive activities.
Energy efficiency supports dairy farms by helping to increase their resilience to fluctuating milk prices.
It is geared towards farmers who are interested in investing in energy saving technology and promoting the 'Green' capability of Irish agriculture.
The scheme is open to all dairy farmers supplying all major cooperatives. All herd sizes are covered, and both single and three phase electricity supply is eligible.
The applicants must have a supplier number and be currently engaged in milk production and be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine under the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme as a herd owner or herd keeper, or be a holder of another Department identifier.
The closing date for the scheme is 12 noon on March 29th.
For further information on the scheme, to check eligibility or to download an application form, please see here.