Offaly communities to receive more than €100k in Better Energy grants

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that Offaly community energy projects will receive in excess of €100,000 in financial support resulting in substantial improvements in homes, community buildings, local authority premises and sports facilities throughout the county.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that Offaly community energy projects will receive in excess of €100,000 in financial support resulting in substantial improvements in homes, community buildings, local authority premises and sports facilities throughout the county.

Kingspan Energy, Offaly County Council and Bord na Móna will receive a grant of €17,817 to carry out energy upgrades to 26 local authority homes in two estates located in Ferbane in Co. Offaly, 20 of which are energy poor. Measures include wall and roof insulation and energy efficient lighting. Kingspan will also lead a second project, which will receive a grant of €252,605 to provide insulation and heating system upgrades to 71 homes and two community centres in Offaly (Chesterfield Close) and Kildare.

Another project which Offaly communities will benefit from sees Musgrave partnering with the GAA to carry out energy efficiency upgrades in its retail stores and GAA clubs and community facilities, including; Ferbane GAA Club and O’Callaghan Centra in Ferbane.

Declan Meally, Head of Emerging Sectors, SEAI said: “This year the Better Energy programme will provide almost €60m for retrofitting, more than in 2013. Organisations around the country like those benefiting in Offaly are alert to the high cost of energy in their facilities and that every euro saved can be diverted back into valuable services for the community. Energy retrofitting is really important for Ireland reducing expensive imports of fossil fuel and providing much needed employment. Community projects involve people and organisations working together, often in very novel collaborations, having a real effect on people’s lives, with the benefits staying locally.”

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Other Offaly projects that will receive financial support this year are: NCE Insulation will lead a project which will involve the upgrading of insulation, heating and lighting systems in a number in a range of dwellings in Birr as well as community buildings in Westmeath and Roscommon; Public building and street lighting upgrades across Offaly local authority areas.