Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Homes and community facilities across Galway to benefit from over €2.1 million in funding under the Better Energy Communities Scheme

Better Energy CommunitiesHomes and community facilities across Galway are to benefit from over €2.1 million in funding under the Better Energy Communities Scheme.

Better Energy Communities is an initiative of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

A significant number of homes, community facilities and public sector buildings across Galway will receive funding to help with upgrades to lighting and heating systems, with replacement of doors and windows, and with insulation projects.

Almost 50 homes, as well as community buildings including a church, parish centre and co-op on the Aran Islands will benefit from €1.25 million in funding for upgrades in projects involving Galway County Council, the Aran Islands Credit Union and Údarás na Gaeltachta. These projects form part of the ambitious plans which the Islands have to become energy independent by 2022.

A further €584,000 is part-funding energy efficiency upgrades for 88 homes in Galway – 58 in the City in a project involving Clar ICH of Claremorris and Galway Housing Association and 30 homes in Lettermore in a project involving community organisation, Clár Eifeachtacht Fuinnimh Chonamara.

As Minister for State for the Gaeltacht I particularly welcome the granting of almost €260,000 in funding for energy efficiency upgrades to 21 community facilities across the Gaeltacht. The overall project is being led by Údarás and will enable a range of works including the installation of solar panels at the Údarás headquarters in Connemara.

The projects being co-funded under the Better Energy Communities programme are essential of a variety of reasons – not only will they enable us, as a country, to play our part in reducing carbon emissions and meeting important climate change targets, they will also make homes and facilities more comfortable for communities across Galway.



Project Summary Total Projects Costs (€) Grant Offer (€)

Galway, Mayo, Kerry

Galway County Council are leading this application with Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency providing project management support. The projects are primarily located in Co Galway and include two public sector buildings, seven community buildings, two sports & leisure facilities, four private sector businesses and eight private homeowners on the Aran Islands. One of the private sector projects is located in Tralee, Co Kerry and another in Knock, Co Mayo. Of the 20 partners, 15 are non-residential not-for-profit organisations and the private sector partners are donating the value of their energy credits to the community sector projects. The retrofit measures are primarily insulation, window and door replacements but also include lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, cooling upgrades, controls and one renewable measure. Galway Co Council are using an internal ESCO (Energy Service Company) to fund the two local authority projects which represent 17% of the overall project. 1,326,990 635,251

Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Meath and Cork

This project is led by Údarás na Gaeltachta with the support of the regional local authorities, eight private companies and some not-for-profit organisations. It involves a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades to 21 community facilities in five different Gaeltacht areas. The community buildings and facilities range from community centres and waste water treatment plants to Men’s Sheds. The works include boiler replacements, light upgrades and renewable energy installations. Solar photovoltaic installations are proposed for the Údarás head office in Galway and a private business in Cork. A wind turbine is proposed for a community water scheme in Galway. Two projects are manufacturing companies and their upgrades relate to innovative process efficiency improvements. The energy credits will be lodged into a community fund and used to fund further energy conservation projects for the community. 706,031 259,792

Galway City, Roscommon

Clár ICH Ltd., in partnership with Galway Housing Association and the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), will deliver energy retrofits to 58 homes across three sites, ‘Cuar na Lus’, ‘Currach Buí’ and ‘Fána Burca’ in Galway city in addition to an upgrade of the IWA high support holiday centre Cuisle, in Donamon, Co Roscommon. The retrofit measures include heating system upgrades, cavity wall insulation and door upgrades. Air-to-water heat pumps will be piloted in three homes and multi-fuel stoves will be installed in a number of homes. The Cuisle centre is also installing an air source heat pump as a pilot for other IWA buildings. 615,864 286,946

Aran Islands, Co Galway

Energy Wise Construction are working with partners Galway County Council, the Aran Islands Credit Union, Údarás na Gaeltachta, three commercial and four community organisations on the Aran Islands to further progress their energy plan for the islands to become energy independent by 2022. The project aims to deliver renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy supply services through a community-led model with an emphasis on residential upgrades. This year, 39 home retrofits are proposed with renewable energy such as solar photovoltaic and heat pumps. Non-residential elements include upgrades to the church, parochial centre, four private sector buildings and the co-op on Inis Oirr. 961,468 623,304

Lettermore Island, Co Galway

First Class Insulation are leading this retrofit project coordinated by Northside Community Enterprises (NCE) Insultion in partnership with community organisation Clár Eifeachtacht Fuinnimh Chonemara which includes two not-for-profit local development companies. 30 homes, 20 of which are energy poor, will receive energy upgrades bringing them to an average C3 BER rating. As part of a deep retrofit package of measures, air source heat pumps will be installed in 14 of the homes and a further 12 homes will have wood pellet boilers installed. Energy consumption monitoring will be carried out in the homes and this data is being shared through the local hardware store to encourage the uptake of renewable heating systems. 518,204 297,256