Renewable energy investments available for the first time under the Targeted Agricultural Measures Scheme (TAMS)
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. has confirmed that the latest tranche of the Targeted Agricultural Measures Scheme (TAMS) will open to applications with effect from tomorrow, Saturday 6th April. This next tranche will be open until early July and will include for the first time supports for on-farm renewable energy measures. The current tranche closes at midnight tonight with a high levels level of interest in the scheme continuing and over 2,250 applications already received.
The Minister commented “I am delighted with the continued interest in the suite of seven measures available under the TAMS scheme. There are now over 24,000 applications received under the scheme to date including 2,250 applications to date under Tranche 13. Over €121.7m has been paid out to farmers so far under the Scheme with weekly payments currently averaging over €1.5m.”
The Minister also highlighted recent amendments to the scheme including:
- The announcement of the extension of meal bins as an eligible investment for all sectors in the list of items available under TAMS II.
- The inclusion of Solar PV Installation on farms – that is to extend current availability under the scheme to all sectors. Grant aid in the pilot phase will be available for 40% or of up to 60% in the case of qualified young farmers to fund the cost of a solar system of 6kWp.
- That all lighting funded under the scheme will now be required to be LED lighting. LED Lighting uses a fraction of the electricity consumed by conventional lighting and only LED lighting will now be grant-aided.
The amendment of the TAMS II system of penalties for late submission of payment claims has also been revised with increased flexibility and graduated penalties introduced for a late submission.
The Minister concluded “The enthusiasm of Irish farmers to invest in on-farm renewable technologies is most welcome. I have listened to their views and am now making some new renewable and energy-efficient investments available for the first time. These complement the existing technologies funded under the scheme. I would encourage all farmers to avail of the grants available to help ensure that the agriculture sector plays its part in Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon economy and society.”
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