Tuesday 17 September 2019

Projects to receive SEAI community grants

Several buildings in Wicklow are set to benefit from funding for energy upgrades.

The Arklow Bay Hotel and Arklow Recycling Centre are some of the buildings included in 57 projects nationwide that have been awarded funding under the SEAI Communities grant scheme. A €25 million fund will be divided among the successful projects.

Wicklow County Council is leading a project in Wicklow and Wexford that will see homes, leisure centres, recycling centres, public and other buildings carry out upgrades on insulation, heating, lighting, refrigeration, heat recovery and steam generation.

According to the SEAI Communities grant scheme 2019 project summaries, proposed measures include heating controls, solar panels and other energy efficiency upgrades. Bray Public Library headquarters, Greystones Depot, Greystones Civic Office, Coral Leisure Centres in Wicklow, Bray Fire Station and recycling centres in Arklow, Bray, and Wicklow are among the buildings included in a project that will receive a grant of €516,110 that has an estimated overall value more than €1.4 million.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton announced the successful projects on Monday. The successful applications include projects involving commercial and public buildings.

'These grants will support communities to drive projects which will deliver significant upgrades to groups of homes and businesses in their local area. Not only will these upgrades help us deliver on our climate commitments, but they will result in cleaner, healthier, warmer homes and businesses and cheaper energy bills,' said Minister Bruton.

The Arklow Bay Hotel is included in a separate energy upgrade project that may include improvements to lighting, cooling and heat recovery. Among the buildings included in this project are Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa in Meath. The total grant is €154,105 and the estimated total value of €400,990.

Other buildings across Wicklow are also set to benefit from projects awarded funding include several NCBI charity shops and the Tinahely Advisory Office.

Wicklow People