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Ireland and its greener future

Thirty-seven communities in 20 counties across Ireland are set to benefit from Government funding for energy upgrades

  • July 13, 2018 10:00
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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Funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced that an initial 22 million Euros will fund energy upgrades to 1200 homes and 400 community and commercial buildings across 37 communities. The support underpins total investment of 52 million Euros and means the communities will have warmer and healthier buildings, lower energy bills, and reduced harmful CO2 emissions. The community energy approach also builds innovative and pioneering partnerships, such as collaborations between public and private sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organizations, financing entities and energy suppliers.

In addition, more than 100 community groups joined SEAI’s energy community network and entered a partnership agreement with the SEAI to benefit from a special fund worth 3 million Euros which supports new community projects. If a citizen can provide the local knowledge, time and people, the Government will support him/her with mentoring, energy expertise, and guaranteed funding to support his/her local energy projects. For this year’s program, SEAI emphasized the benefits for communities to use renewable energy resources. Successful projects include technologies such as; solar panels for heat and electricity, heat pumps, biomass boilers, a wind turbine and a combined heat and power unit.

Source: Smart Cities World