The latest round of Government funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will help households, businesses and community and voluntary organisations in Galway to lower their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. The funding confirmed by my colleague, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton is an essential part of our country’s plan to tackle climate change.
Of the national allocation of over €25 million, Galway communities are included in 16 projects receiving grant funding of €7.63 million. Projects are mainly arranged on a multi-county basis with energy efficiency contractors carrying out works in several communities.
For households, the funding will bring improvements such as roof and wall insulation, heat pumps, LED lighting, solar PV panels, new energy-efficient doors and windows as well as smart energy controls.
In addition to homes in Galway, the grant funding will also deliver significant energy upgrades to local businesses including supermarkets, shopping centres and other workplaces, community facilities such as Oughterard Church, Portumna Town Hall, Ballinasloe and Tuam leisure centres, Corinthians RFC and to healthcare facilities.
As Minister for the Island I am delighted to see further funding of €24,604 for Cómhar Caomhán Teo on Inis Oírr which will provide a new heat pump, solar panels and windows and doors. This funding is on top of funding of €478,369 allocated for the Aran Islands last year which has enabled extensive energy efficiency works for the communities.
Through the Better Energy Communities Scheme, the Government is helping households, businesses and community groups to tackle climate change through energy upgrades which lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.