DUNDALK-BASED Heat Pumps Ireland along with Carlow County Council have won the Better Energy Community Award for its Bagenalstown energy upgrade project, at the tenth annual Sustainable Energy Awards.
This project involved energy upgrades in a variety of homes, schools and community buildings including a town hall, a swimming pool and a special needs adult education centre, using both traditional and innovative energy technologies.
Heat Pumps Ireland installed Swedish manufactured Danfoss geothermal and air/water heatpump systems to replace oil boilers in all buildings.
Sharp Photovoltaic (PV) electricity generating panels were then installed to provide electricity to run heatpumps.
The project has resulted in improved comfort levels and energy savings in all the buildings, with the result that many of the community buildings now being used to their full potential.