REFIT 3

REFIT 3 is designed to incentivise the addition of 310MW of renewable electricity capacity to the Irish grid composed of High efficiency Combined Heat and Power (using both Anaerobic Digestion and the thermo-chemical conversion of solid biomass), biomass combustion and biomass co-firing.

Demand for the biomass CHP category has exceeded the original allocation and for the other two categories is significantly below the original allocations. In August 2014 the Department approved the reallocation of 70MW, comprising a combination of capacity from the anaerobic digestion (35MW) and biomass combustion categories (35MW), to biomass CHP. This was to reflect demand and increase the number of projects that could deliver renewable electricity and renewable heat and without significantly increasing the modelled costs of the scheme or the possibility of supporting co-firing at the three peat plants.

Please see more information on the REFIT 3 Terms and Conditions(PDF 0.5MB)

The new REFIT 3 scheme for  biomass technologies received state aid clearance from the European Commission in October 2011.  Please see more information on the State Aid Decision (PDF 1MB) for REFIT 3 
In July 2015, the Department published a consultation on proposed amendments to the REFIT 3 terms and conditions. The consultation closed on Friday 31 July 2015 and the Department has considered the responses to that consultation.

The following notice includes the amendments incorporated into the REFIT 3 Terms and conditions.(PDF 351KB)

The terms and conditions for the scheme will be updated to take account of the changes. (PDF 350KB)

REFIT 3 closed for applications on 31 December  2015 at 4pm.


Amendment to Condition 1.6 of the Terms and Conditions for the REFIT 3 Scheme:


 Under the existing Terms and Conditions for the REFIT 3 support scheme, the definition of ‘connected’ means:

  1. Evidence can be provided by 30 September 2016 that the project has funding arranged for the completion of the construction of the project and has contractually committed to the delivery of the turbine.

    and
  2. The REFIT Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) commenced on the basis of having the installed capacity operational by 31 January 2019.


The Minister has approved an extension to the above dates to allow a degree of flexibility for REFIT 3 plants to secure financing and become operational. This decision will assist in meeting Ireland’s 2020 renewable energy target.

The new definition of ‘connected’ means:

  1. Evidence can be provided by 30 September 2017 that the project has funding arranged for the completion of the construction of the project and has contractually committed to the delivery of the turbine.

    and
  2. The REFIT Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) commenced on the basis of having the installed capacity operational by 30 September 2019.