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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 2020 is now open – further updates as they happen.

Important BEC dates for 2020 Application:
November/December 2019: Opening of the Application Process
Early January 2020: Deadline for receipt of Applications
April 2020: Notification of successful projects
13th October 2020: Project completion and paperwork submission deadline

Sample projects

In Ireland, a growing number of home-owners and businesses are availing of energy grant supports and investing in energy efficiency upgrades which will have a positive impact on the environment and climate. It’s an encouraging trend a year on and great to see. The Projects in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford that have offered funding under the BEC scheme include a growing number of businesses, organisations, community groups, voluntary housing associations and homeowners to reduce their energy costs and achieve significant savings.

A total of € 2.727 million will be invested on all upgrade projects of which €906,402 have been offered grant funding.

In 2019, an estimated €336,971 in cumulative energy savings will be achieved across domestic and non-domestic projects. A total of 23 non-domestic projects are currently being project managed and coordinated by 3 Counties Energy Agency across the three counties with a mixture of public, private and community projects. there is also a total of 48 homes being retrofitted across the region.

The non-domestic buildings include Liam Ryan’s Dairy Farm, John Downey Farming Services, Kilkenny County Council Public Lighting, Brennan Fencing, Crowley Surface Coatings Ltd, Scoil Mhuire, Kelvale Agri Ltd, The Pembroke Hotel Patrick Street Kilkenny in Kilkenny; Staffords Bakeries, Seafield Hotel & Spa, Grantstown Voluntary Housing Association, Enniscorthy District Office, Blackwater Parish Hall, Gorey Library & Civic Offices, Enniscorthy Machinery Yard, Block B – Wexford County Hall, Kehoe’s Farm, Kehoe’s Ketripack, The Old Parochial House, Marshalstown Community Centre in Wexford; St Catherine’s Community Services Centre and Carlow County Council in Carlow.

Energy saving measures carried out include lighting upgrades, insulation works, induction units, air handling unit upgrades, windows & doors upgrades, cooling system upgrades, e-car charge unit installation, monitoring and verification, LED lighting and refrigeration unit upgrade, solar panel installation.

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.

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

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 and include a short description of the project you have in mind.