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Minister Ryan announces €28 million Government funding call for community energy projects

Published: 18th December 2020

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has launched a €28 million fund for community energy projects across Ireland. The Community Energy Grant Scheme is funded under the National Retrofit Programme and is now open for applications. It offers grant support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the country.

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The Scheme supports substantial investment in energy upgrades to homes, community and commercial buildings. This includes rented properties, businesses, sports and community facilities, public sector buildings and schools. The successful communities will have warmer and healthier buildings, lower energy bills and reduced harmful CO2 emissions. There are also significant employment and competitiveness benefits locally and nationally.

Minister Ryan said:

"I am delighted to announce that our new community energy grants are open for applications. The increased budget for the Scheme and other improvements will enable delivery of larger projects and more wide-scale benefits. By shortening the evaluation period and lengthening the works window, this scheme (and its sister scheme – The One Stop Shop Development Scheme, which opened for applications in September) will help make the retrofit sector the year-round industry we intend it to be. Besides the very real benefits in the homes and communities for people all over Ireland, this scheme will help grow the market and create high quality sustainable jobs in the retrofit and energy service sector. This sector has a bright future for good quality careers for decades to come."

William Walsh, CEO of SEAI, said:

"Communities are central to achieving climate action across our society. SEAI is working with hundreds of energy communities across the country, providing them with the knowledge, structure and Government supports to complete their own ambitious low carbon journey. Already, almost 19,000 homes and 2,900 public, community and commercial buildings have been upgraded making them warmer, healthier and more efficient. The achievements of these communities can be replicated, drawing even more participants into Ireland's clean energy transition."

More information on the community grants is available from SEAI:

https://www.seai.ie/grants/community-grants/

Note Closing Date for receipt of applications is 29th January 2021.

To read more on gov.ie - click here: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/f8c2f-minister-ryan-announces-28-million-government-funding-call-for-community-energy-projects/?fbclid=IwAR2gdOSFRpN8j_L7YH_68fIG50OwQLYlTtJ81WWaf6ReCvD4ISXliV6eBIs

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