Kerry communities will get €1m in Better Energy grants

THE Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that Kerry community energy projects will receive in excess of €1 million in financial support resulting in substantial improvements in homes, community buildings, local authority premises and sports facilities throughout the county.

Tralee will receive a grant of €857,551 to carry out energy upgrades to homes, churches, and community and private facilities in the town including the extension of the district heating system to connect to Kerry General Hospital.

The council will also lead a project which involves retrofitting 153 local authority homes in Tralee with roof and wall insulation and replacement windows.

Kerry County Council will receive a grant of €47,144 to fund the extension of the Tralee district heating scheme and the upgrading of pumping systems in Kerry including; Tralee Fire Station, Machinery Yard, Listowel Community Centre, Tralee Waste Water Treatment Plant, Castlemaine Waste Water Tank, Castlemaine Ejector House, Knockawaddra Pump House, and Sneem Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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 Kerry 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 Kerry projects that will receive financial support this year include:

Electrical Pump Services and Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd (REIL) will upgrade a number of pumping and treatment plants as well as a number of community buildings and energy poor dwellings in Kerry, including the Aras Padraig complex in Killarney.

Future Fit is leading this project which aims to improve energy performance of 15 GAA clubs around the country, including Glenbeigh Glencar GAA, by installing a range of measures such as energy efficient flood and internal lighting, heating and cooling system upgrades, insulation upgrades and solar technology.

Future Fit is leading another project that will see energy upgrades for sports clubs and local hotels, restaurants, an entertainment complex and SMEs. The International Hotel in Killarney will be upgraded through this project.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) has collaborated with Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd to carry out insulation and glazing, lighting, boiler and heating control upgrades in its facility in Castleisland.


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