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E55m to cut costs

ENERGY Minister Pat Rabbitte (right) has announced the first tranche of energy efficiency projects to be supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Up to €55m will be invested in energy-saving measures, resulting in annual savings of €7m, and supporting over 500 jobs.

The projects include three public lighting upgrades by Fingal, Kerry and Mayo county councils, which will involve a €30m investment to upgrade almost 50,000 public lights and support 200 jobs.

Other projects involve food sector companies to improve competitiveness.