Common sense has prevailed on Deep Retrofit program – 3CEA

Press release 19th August 2019

Homeowners who applied for a deep retrofit grant to improve the energy efficiency of their properties will have their applications processed following the reversal of a decision to end the scheme.

The Kilkenny-based 3 Counties Energy Agency,  3CEA, said the decision to reverse the Deep Retrofit grants funding for 2019 is very welcome news for over 100 home and business owners across the south east and beyond who invested a minimum of €2,500 on expert help, energy rating and air tightness tests and submitting plans for an energy grants programme.

“Common sense has prevailed and hundreds of jobs across the retrofit industry threatened by last week’s announcement have been saved as a result, including in our own agency” according to 3CEA Senior Energy Engineer, Alexandra Hamilton. “We welcome the Minister’s commitment that applications processed before the July deadline will be processed. The proof of course will come when we see the grant Letters of Offers and get confirmation for all our partner homeowners that they will indeed be receiving the grants for their energy upgrades.

“It is also reassuring for everyone involved in this program that the deadline for the completion of approved works has been extended into 2020. The initial deadline in October 2019 was always ambitious considering the time it takes for evaluation and contract Letters to be issued by SEAI. We now look forward to the announcement of the new retrofitting model and would urge the Minister, his department and all the agencies involved to set about getting a new programme up and running without delay so we can meet public demand, support and grow the retrofit industry and help retrofit the targeted 500,000 homes as outlined in the Climate Action Plan.”

Read more here: http://3cea.ie/deep-retrofit-programme/ 

SEAI/IEA ESCO Survey

Introduction

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), in partnership with The International Energy Agency (IEA) are conducting a survey of the ESCO market in Ireland in order to establish an understanding of the scale and makeup of the market in the region. IEA tracks the size of the global Energy Service Company (ESCO) market through its annual Energy Efficiency Market Report.This survey aims to obtain information about the energy efficiency component of the ESCO market in Ireland including its current size, financing mechanisms, policy drivers and prospects.

The information collected through this survey will be published in the IEA’s Energy Efficiency report and on the IEA website. In addition, SEAI will use this information to design supports for the EPC market for public and private sector clients. Your views will be an essential contribution to our analysis and will also improve understanding about the status and drivers of the global ESCO market.
If quantitative data has not been recorded for any of the below questions in your region, please provide an estimate based on previous years or other information briefly explaining how the estimate was arrived at.

Note that for the purposes of this survey, ESCOs are considered as companies that provide energy performance contracts, i.e. energy saving or energy supply contracts with performance guarantees. ‘As a service’ type contracts are not considered energy performance contracts.

Please note that all information will be anonymised and is completely confidential between SEAI and your organisation. IEA will publish anonymised aggregated data on the Irish ESCO market at https://www.iea.org/topics/energyefficiency/escos/countryprofiles/.

Accurate information is extremely valuable for programme and policy development purposes, but if you would rather not share specific information please state ‘rather not share’ as a response.

Leading renewable energy show returns with dedicated farm diversification advice

Energy Now Expo Ireland is boosting its offering by including a Rural Business Expo, to showcase expert farm diversification advice. The pioneering event for farmers and landowners has announced that it’s rebranding as ‘Energy and Rural Business Show Ireland’.

Run in association with the Irish Farming Association (IFA) and Teagasc, and taking place at the The Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on 23 and 24 October 2019, Energy and Rural Business Show Ireland is the one stop shop for the latest opportunities in renewable energy and carbon management as well as practical farm diversification advice. Continue reading “Leading renewable energy show returns with dedicated farm diversification advice”

RTE reporter Cian McCormack continues his ‘Ireland by electric car series’ and reaches Kilkenny in his family hatchback e-car

28th June 2019 at 7:45am

Cian McCormack continues his ‘Ireland by electric car series’ and reaches Kilkenny in his family hatchback e-car to chat to 3CEA Manager Paddy Phelan about the energy challenge to reduce emissions by 2030. Morning Ireland (RTE)

Tune in: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21578116 

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27th June 2019  Cian’s Ireland by e-car journey begins in Wexford. Cian McCormack starts his Ireland by e-car series in Wexford and discusses nuclear power. Listen to “Part two of Cian McCormack’s travels around Ireland in an electric car” Morning Ireland (RTE) Continue reading “RTE reporter Cian McCormack continues his ‘Ireland by electric car series’ and reaches Kilkenny in his family hatchback e-car”

SEAI Celebrates 300 Sustainable Communities with 4th Annual National Sustainable Energy Community Event in Athlone

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”

Grants Master List

Better Energy Communities (BEC) Programme

Funding Source: SEAI 

Eligibility:

  • 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

Amount:

  • 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”

Win a €250 One4All Voucher: take our survey! Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies Survey – Transition to Biogas

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our survey.

And a special congratulations to Lara F. the winner of €250 One4All Voucher!

In case you missed the survey, but still want to participate, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJ7LL5T

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3CEA invite you to take a survey on Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies.

This survey is targeted at large industry networks & large energy users.

3CEA are currently involved with Interreg North West Europe Renewable Energy Regions project in partnership with 9 other partners (7 NWE countries) including our local partners Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Ormonde Upgrading Limited (OUL).]

Every fully completed survey will be in with a chance to win a €250 One4All Voucher. Continue reading “Win a €250 One4All Voucher: take our survey! Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies Survey – Transition to Biogas”

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) phase 2 opened by Minister Richard Bruton

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”

A new grant for Solar PV for farmers under the TAMS on-farm investment scheme announced

https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/new-tams-energy-grants-worth-e10-million-announced/ 

A new grant for Solar PV for farmers opening shortly!

A series of new grants available for Irish farms under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) on-farm investment scheme has been announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed.

The new measure will make €10 million worth of grants available for energy efficiencies and renewable energy technologies, following a comprehensive review of the TAMS scheme designed to increase its focus on sustainability.

Eligible investments include:

  1. Solar PV Installation on Farms – to extend current availability under the scheme to all sectors. Grant aid in this initial pilot phase of up to €9,300 or up to 60% of the overall cost will be available to fund a 6kWp solar system;
  2. LED Lighting – all lighting funded under the scheme will be required to be LED lighting. LED Lighting uses a fraction of the electricity consumed by conventional lighting. The current specifications for TAMS II include lighting in all new farm structures. In future, only LED lighting only will now be grant aided.

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