Tuesday 20 February 2018

Community projects benefit from €1.7m in building energy upgrades

CHARITIES, sports clubs and schools are among those reaping rewards of building energy upgrades.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that 20 North Dublin community energy projects will receive in excess of €1.7 million in financial support resulting in substantial improvements in homes, community buildings, local authority premises and sports facilities throughout the county.

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 Dublin 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.'

Projects that will receive financial support this year include:

The National Association of Building Co-operatives (NABCO) will carry out upgrades to 24 houses and a community room at Castlegrange Heights in Swords.

Airtricity, Fingal County Council and KN Home Energy Upgrades will energy retrofit 69 council owned homes in the Blanchardstown and Swords areas over two estates.

Respond Housing Association is leading a project which involves energy upgrades for 40 social housing apartments for elderly people and those with special needs, in La Verna Baldoyle, Co. Dublin.

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 10 ABII facilities across Dublin.

Fingal County Council, partnering with Blanchardstown Travellers Group and Bord na Móna will carry out energy upgrades in 12 local authority, energy poor homes in the Fingal area.

Musgrave has partnered with the GAA to carry out energy efficiency upgrades in its retail stores and GAA clubs and community facilities, including seven GAA clubs and six retail stores across Dublin.

Future Fit is leading a project which aims to improve energy performance of 15 GAA clubs around the country, including Naomh Fionnbarra Cabra, St. Judes Templeogue, Cuala Dalkey and Naomh Mearnog Portmarnock, by installing a range of measures such as energy efficient flood and internal lighting, heating & cooling system upgrades, insulation upgrades and solar technology.

Dublin Simon Community is carrying out energy upgrades to a number of its apartments, a training centre and support facility in the Dublin area and will purchase five electric vehicles for the organisation.

Fingal Independent

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