Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of funding for energy efficiency upgrades to local homes, businesses and community buildings that will improve quality of life and reduce operating costs.
“A total of 18 local families will have their fuel-poor homes upgraded through improved insulation, heating, lighting, window and floor upgrades which will reduce energy bills and make these homes more comfortable and healthier,” said Denis Naughten.
“The total allocation of €25 million which I secured as Minister in Budget 2019 under the Better Energy Communities (BEC) Scheme will provide for energy efficiency upgrades to 700 homes and 570 community, public and commercial facilities.”
The community and public buildings in County Roscommon to be upgraded include: Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle; Athleague Community Centre; Athleague National School; and Boyle GAA Club.
Also, Harmac Medical, Castlerea, will have their premises upgraded under the programme.
Sports and Leisure centres located in Ballinasloe and Tuam Co. Galway and Longford Town will be upgraded to include pump upgrade, roof and wall insulation and lighting upgrades.
Grant aid to support these projects is provided through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and other community groups that want to become involved in the energy upgrade scheme should contact the SEAI directly.
“Not only does this investment reduce electricity and oil bills but it makes local businesses more viable, helps community groups keep their doors open and ensures the homes of families in fuel poverty are more comfortable and healthier to live in. There are also significant supports available for individuals,” stated Denis Naughten.
“Over 350,000 people across Ireland have improved the energy efficiency of their homes through Government grants. Works supported by these programmes create jobs and support the local economy. Community based organisations are now training people to become experts in installing energy efficient technologies and carrying out energy efficient improvements to houses. Some of these are re-entering the workforce after long periods of unemployment.”
Further details: http://www.seai.ie/