Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
487. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a tender process exists for finance companies being promoted through advertising at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland conferences, whereby the authority is promoting private finance companies to assist in retrofitting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9433/19]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) operates the home energy efficiency grant schemes that are funded by my Department.
SEAI recently sponsored two separate events which were hosted by Irish Rural Link, to promote home energy efficiency and availability of grants, one in Tuam and one in Loughrea.
I am advised that a contractor active in the area of home energy efficiency upgrades/retrofits was invited by Irish Rural Link to speak at both events and as part of their presentation mentioned that they can arrange a third party financial service. There was also a local credit union in attendance at the Tuam event.
SEAI also gave a presentation on home energy efficiency Grants at both events, but there was no mention of financial offerings and SEAI does not endorse any financial service.