Wexford communities to get €390,000 in energy grants
Charities, sports clubs, community buildings and homes are among those reaping rewards of building energy upgrades
Wexford Local Development Company will receive a grant of €169,636 to energy retrofit 35 local authority homes in St. Brendan's Estate in Rosslare while Kingspan will lead a separate project involving energy upgrades to 98 local authority homes across suburban and rural areas of Co. Wexford.
Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd (REIL) will receive a grant of €123,818 to carry out energy upgrades to 10 local authority homes in Charlton Hill, New Ross. Smart meters will also be installed to the retrofitted homes as part of this project.
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 Wexford 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 Wexford projects that will receive financial support this year include:
* Heatons (Energia) is leading this project which involves the retrofit of existing lighting with energy saving LED lighting for Gorey Community School and Heatons stores in Wexford.
* EcoMerit is leading a project which will see the installation of renewable electricity generation and energy efficiency upgrades in The National Heritage Park, Wexford Enterprise Centre, Youth Train, Solar Electric Ireland and Sports Savers and Jeans Depot stores.
* Another project that EcoMerit is also leading will see the installation of high efficiency lighting, heating system and control upgrades in Clonard Community Centre, Big Barn Farm and Biogreen Energy.
* Musgrave has partnered with the GAA to carry out energy efficiency upgrades in its retail stores and GAA clubs and community facilities, including: Bannow, Clongeen and St James' GAA clubs, Duncannon FC, Tintern Community Sports Complex and Joseph Wallace in Wellingtonbridge.
* Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) has collaborated with Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd (REIL) and the Irish Farmers Association to carry out insulation and glazing, lighting, boiler and heating control upgrades at ABII's facility in Ballymurn, Co. Wexford.
* Future Fit is leading another project that will see energy upgrades for sports clubs, hotels, restaurants, an entertainment complex and SMEs. The Ferrycarrig Hotel will be upgraded through this project.