Residents to benefit from €200,000 in Better Energy grants
Wicklow communities are to receive more than €200,000 in Better Energy grants from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) which will see substantial improvements in homes, community buildings, local authority premises and sports facilities throughout the county.
Wicklow County Council will receive a grant of €204,165 to provide energy upgrades in 64 local authority homes in Sycamore Drive (pictured above and below) and Mountain View Drive in Wicklow of which 53 homes are energy poor.
The upgrades will include roof and wall insulation, high efficiency boiler and heating controls and energy efficient lighting.
Declan Meally, Head of Emerging Sectors, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland 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 Wicklow 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.'
Other Wicklow projects that will receive financial support this year include: Future Fit is leading a project that will see energy upgrades for sports clubs, local hotels, restaurants, an entertainment complex and SMEs. The Natural Medicine Company in Blessington and Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Enniskerry will be upgraded through this project.
Heatons in partnership with Energia is leading this project involving the retrofit of existing lighting with energy saving LED lighting at Heatons stores in Wicklow.