On Saturday the 22nd of June 2019, the SEAI welcomed sustainable energy advocates from all parts of the country to Athlone Institute of Technology for its fourth annual National Sustainable Energy Community Event. This event celebrated community involvement in SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) program.
There are over 300 SEC network members in Ireland at the moment, each community at varying stages of the journey to becoming more sustainable and taking control of their energy use.
3CEA Senior Energy Engineer Alex Hamilton was delighted to attend the SEC event and join the conversation as we are now facing an enormous challenge in relation to climate change. In fact, the new climate action plan outlines plans for 1500 SECs. Leading energy transition is dependent on the commitment & passion at community level. Watch this space. Continue reading “SEAI Celebrates 300 Sustainable Communities with 4th Annual National Sustainable Energy Community Event in Athlone”
Better Energy Communities (BEC) Programme
Funding Source: SEAI
- Cross-sector projects for increasing the energy performance of buildings, community facilities and transport systems
- Residential housing upgrades to stock built prior to 2006
- Private sector non-residential building works
- Commercial organizations
- Voluntary organizations
- Community-based organizations
- Public sector non-residential works
- A maximum grant funding of up to €1,000,000 is available for any one project
- The recommended minimum grant application value will be €30,000
- Up to 50% funding to community facilities – community halls, resource centres, schools, sports clubs etc.
- Up to 30% funding for private sector – SME’s, large commercial buildings, private nursing homes and hotels
- Amount of funding received is dependent on the project’s BEC evaluation
- Projects greater than €250,000 must be approved by the board of SEAI
- Projects under €250,000 may be issued contracts subject to approval but prior to the announcement of the evaluation BEC results
- Maximum funding levels for each component of project:
Continue reading “Grants Master List”
Applications open today Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)
The second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems has now opened.
This round of the Scheme will support businesses and farms for up to 15 years for the installation and on-going use of biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems. The Scheme is designed to support up to 1,300 GWh of renewable heat per year (equivalent to the heating needs of circa 120,000 homes).
3cea welcome the recent announcement for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH). Reference: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/news-and-media/press-releases/Pages/Minister-Bruton-Announces-Support-for-Renewable-Heat.aspx
Making the announcement Minister Bruton said: “If we are to cut greenhouse gases, we must replace fossil fuels by renewable sources. This scheme is designed to replace fossil fuel heating systems by heat pumps and by heat from biomass or anaerobic digestion. These are sustainable and renewable sources.” Continue reading “Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) phase 2 opened by Minister Richard Bruton”
We would like to give you and overview of SEAI business supports and grants and the programmes that are currently available and can help your business or farm to become more sustainable, innovative and smarter to meet your energy needs. SEAI business grants have helped organisations all over Ireland make significant savings.
Continue reading “Business Grants and Supports – Dairy farm grants, lighting support, EXEED, heat pump grants and more”
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD announced funding for energy efficient dairy farm equipment on Monday, February 18th 2019.
Grant funding of up to €500,000 is now available for high-efficiency milk pumps, saving the average farmer €1,440 in energy bills and 1.6t in reduced carbon emissions annually. Continue reading “SEAI Grant funding up to €500,000 announced for Dairy Farm milk pumps”
Kilkenny’s Energy Town
Kilkenny LEADER Partnership offering up to €100,000 plus in supports for top Kilkenny Energy Town
The search is on for Kilkenny’s Energy Town, a sustainable energy hub which will reap up to €100,000 in supports as well as expert help from the region’s top energy agency.
Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) included a ‘Town of Energy’ audit and carbon reduction plan at the core of its 2014- 2020 LEADER Local Development Strategy. It has now teamed up with the not-for-profit energy experts for the region, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA), to execute that plan. Continue reading “Kilkenny LEADER Partnership offering up to €100,000 plus in supports for top Kilkenny Energy Town”
If you are interested in completing any energy efficiency upgrades in your home, work place, sports club, school, church, etc. etc. then you might find the free information workshops we are holding over the next 2 weeks useful.
Come along to find out the benefits of completing works, what measures are most suitable for you and also how to avail of the grants to help pay for the works. Continue reading “Free information events on grant funding across the South-East and Midlands”
The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) moved one step closer as the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) published the draft ‘Terms and Conditions’ for the scheme.
The primary objective of the scheme for renewable heat is to increase the level of renewable energy in the heat sector. The government funded scheme will support the adoption of renewable heating systems by commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users not covered by the emissions trading system. Continue reading “The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) published the draft T&C’s for the Support Scheme of Renewable Heat.”
Save money on energy bills.
The Government has launched a new grant scheme encouraging homeowners to install solar power generators.
The pilot scheme offers grants for the installation of solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage systems. SEAI grant offers homeowners up to €3,800 to support the installation of Solar PV panels and battery energy storage systems. This will reduce the electricity a homeowner currently purchases from a supplier and can save you around €220 a year in electricity costs by taking advantage of the scheme. Continue reading “Government launches domestic solar power grant for homeowners”
O’Shea Farms is a family run business, they supply fresh vegetable produce to supermarkets across the country resulting in a year round electricity demand for refrigerated cold storage and grading equipment at their site. O’Shea Farms engaged with 3CEA back in 2015 to develop the renewable energy project at their site and installed the largest Solar PV system (250kWp) under the BEC programme run by Kilkenny County Council under their Sustainable Energy Action Plan. Continue reading “3CEA helped generate renewable energy on O’Shea Farms by delivering on a targeted energy saving project – O’Shea Farms are now providing Aldi with €70 million worth of Irish-grown potatoes.”