Bagenalstown Energy Upgrade
The project involved energy upgrades in a variety of community buildings including houses, schools, a town hall and an adult education centre, using traditional and more innovative energy technologies such as heat pumps and online remote monitoring.
The key benefits are the resulting comfort and energy savings achieved in each building. Many of the community buildings are being again used to their full potential thanks to the upgrade works which have made them more cosy.
Overall energy savings of 23% to date have been achieved and up to 50% over a full year equivalent to €52,000.
The project was partially funded by SEAI under Better Energy Community scheme 2012 and Carlow County Council.
The Bagenalstown project is an excellent example of a mix of community energy related projects that cover social housing, schools, the town hall and an adult education centre. The technologies include a mix of insulation, energy efficient lighting, solar PV and heat pumps. The results of this are energy efficient buildings that are more comfortable to live and work in with the ability to remotely monitor energy use. This programmes success required a community effort involving the local authority and community leaders who helped to get these projects funded.