Local TD Denis Naughten has called on communities and businesses to avail of a €25m Government fund for projects that deliver energy savings to communities, including public buildings, homes and businesses.
“The objective behind the community energy grants is to help community groups, sporting organisations, homes and businesses right across the country to upgrade to more energy efficient premises. I would urge all communities, big and small, interested in being more sustainable in their energy use to explore the fantastic opportunities presented by this fund,” said Denis Naughten.
“This grant scheme is now open to both large and small projects alike, with applications approved on a first come first served basis. This could include sporting organisations upgrading their flood lighting, insulating a community centre, improving the heating system in a local business or improving the homes of older people.
“For example, Brian Dillons Hurling & Football Club in Cork City was part of community energy efficiency drive that also saw the upgrade of three churches, a library, three local businesses and 121 homes. The club adopted a fabric first approach and installed attic and cavity wall insulation. They also upgraded windows and doors. Once they had addressed heat loss from their club, they looked at renewable sources of energy, and installed PV panels, which reduced their hot water costs.
“Applications must include a strong partnership approach. Collaborations between public and private sectors, residential and non-residential sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, financing entities and energy suppliers are of particular interest”.
Full details of the scheme, including how to apply, are available at https://www.seai.ie/grants/community-grants/