SEAI Announces €30 million Community Energy Fund for 2017

- €10 million additional funding represents 50% on 2016 –

- Community Groups Invited to Submit Applications for Projects Large and Small -

6th December 2016 - The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today announced that it will offer €30 million in grant supports for community energy projects next year. This represents a 50% increase in funding from the 2016 grant levels - an additional €10 million for this programme.

SEAI’s Better Energy Communities programme supports new approaches to achieving high quality improvements in energy efficiency.  The programme focusses on improving the energy efficiency of Ireland’s building stock and supporting the use of renewable energy.  It helps communities complete energy improvements in a more efficient and cost effective way by clustering buildings under one umbrella project. 

Over the past five years SEAI has provided €85 million support to 300 community energy efficiency projects.  As a result €170 million has been invested in energy efficiency upgrades of over 15,000 homes and hundreds of community, private and public buildings, supporting several hundred jobs each year.

Marking the announcement, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD said: “Using less energy and using it more efficiently is key to tackling the global challenge of climate change. By supporting community energy projects for homeowners, communities and private sector organisations we can demonstrate to everybody the real and practical benefits of energy efficiency. It also reduces the amount of money we spend on imported fossil fuels and instead ensures that this money supports local employment throughout the country.”

Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI added: “For 2017 we are particularly interested to hear from smaller communities, with smaller projects, that may only be starting out on their sustainable energy journey. We are also providing additional incentives to encourage multiple upgrades in homes that achieve very high performance. All communities with an interest in advancing Ireland’s transition to sustainable energy should contact us to see how we can help – with grant support or simply advice. We will be running workshops nationwide for interested community groups over the coming weeks”.

Further programme details are available at www.seai.ie/bec

ENDS

For further information contact:

Luke McDonnell

Drury | Porter Novelli

01 260 5000

 

Editors Notes

About SEAI

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

SEAI Better Energy Communities (BEC)

The BEC programme aims to fund a comprehensive suite of projects that delivers energy savings to a range of homeowners and communities and private sector organisations. All projects should be community oriented, include a cross-sectoral approach and demonstrate an ability to sustainably finance the proposed project. A partnership approach will be essential for successful application.

Priority focus in 2017 includes:

  • Creating innovative partnership approaches that facilitate community access to existing local resources, thereby boosting and sustaining the impact of BEC support
  • Stimulating employment through sustainable energy upgrading projects;
  • Supporting small scale renewable energy projects
  • Domestic combined fabric upgrade packages
  • Delivering a cost-effective approach to boosting the energy efficiency of low income houses in mixed ownership estates
  • Promoting the use of EPGs (Energy Performance Guarantees), and where applicable, Energy Performance Contracting, collectively known as energy contracting for non-residential retrofits
  • Demonstrating sustainable financing mechanisms to fund retrofits and harness project savings.
 
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