In December 2015 more than 100 Irish community groups, co-operatives, energy agencies and non-government organisations signed the Community Energy Proclomation envisions Ireland as a nation of “Energy Citizens” who will plan, generate and distribute energy for the benefit of their communities.
On 9th December 2015, Minister for Energy Alex White, TD announced €20 million in grant offers for local communities under the 2016 Better Energy Communities scheme. The scheme, which is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), has supported 260 community energy efficiency projects over the last four years. As a result over 12,000 homes, community, private and public buildings have received energy efficiency upgrades, supporting several hundred jobs each year
A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system. This is achieved by aiming, as far as possible, to be energy efficient using renewable energy where feasible, developing decentralised energy supplies.
Kingdom Installation has been a successful project coordinator for community sustainable energy projects for the past 4 years and will again be managing large community projects in 2016.
Benefits of these schemes include:
Achieve financial + energy savings.
Boost local employment.
Build skills and leverage funding.
Improve public wellbeing through enhanced. comfort from energy efficient buildings.
Promote community building through partnership approach.
Contribute to national energy reduction targets.
Reduce Carbon emissions.