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Express your interest in 2019 programmes

While not yet confirmed, it is possible that the Better Energy Community programme or one similar to it will run in 2019. Administered by SEAI, keep in mind, there are strict deadlines which applicants must meet. 

What is Better Energy Communities?

Better Energy Communities is a national retrofit initiative managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Qualifying projects must include new approaches to achieving energy efficiency in Irish communities and can be carried out across a variety of building types to deliver energy savings to homeowners, communities and private sector organisations.

All projects must be community oriented with a cross-sectoral approach and you must show that you can sustainably finance the proposed project.

Successful BEC projects must demonstrate:

  • Community benefits
  • Multiple elements
  • Mix of sustainable solutions
  • A clear road map
  • Innovation and project ambition
  • Justified energy savings
  • An ability to deliver the project

Measures supported by BEC:

  • Building Fabric Upgrades
  • Technology and System upgrades
  • Integration of Control Systems
  • Integration of renewable energy sources
  • Domestic Combined Fabric Upgrades

Timeframes

The deadline for applications for 2019 is now open – further updates as they happen.

Important BEC dates for 2019 Application:
November/December 2018: Opening of the Application Process
January 2019: Deadline for receipt of Applications
April 2019: Notification of successful projects
13th October 2019: Project completion and paperwork submission deadline

How can 3CEA help?

3CEA has extensive, award-winning experience and expertise in supporting applicants through the BEC pipeline. Camphill Communities Ireland was awarded the prestigious SEAI Sustainable Energy Award 2016, Community Award for their BEC 2015 project for which we provided administrative support.

Over the past 5 years, 3CEA has helped deliver cumulative energy savings of €14.3m plus. Of this, 57% has been in thermal/heating costs for clients. A further 29% in energy savings have been achieved across transport and 14% in electricity.

We can project manage the entire works for you – from initial application to final sign-off. Contact us now!

Sample projects

We helped O’Shea Farms in Kilkenny achieve saving of €38,000 per annum on energy cost since 2015. PV panels keep their vegetables cool in the summer and warm in winter.

We also helped Bagenalstown Outdoor Swimming Pool in Carlow cut its energy bills by €850 per annum.

In Wexford, we helped the St Vincent De Paul charity shop achieve significant savings on its energy bills in Enniscorthy.

Previous Experience

3 Counties Energy Agency has extensive, award winning experience and expertise in supporting applicants through the BEC pipeline. Camphill Communities Ireland were awarded the prestigious SEAI Sustainable Energy Award 2016, Community Award for their BEC 2015 project for which we provided administrative support. BEC 2016: CKEA’s role and projects

Contact us to enquire about our fee structure.

Get in contact:

More information: call 3CEA office on 056 7790 856 or email admin@3cea.ie or fill in the expression of interest form :

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