Revealed: Carlow premises to receive part of €25m fund to deliver real climate action

Minister Bruton announces €25m funding to make local homes and businesses more energy efficient

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Funding for Carlow premises that are delivering real climate action

Premises in Carlow are included in the 57 projects that will be supported under the SEAI Communities grant scheme 2019.

Non-residential buildings include five SuperValu stores in Longford, Galway, Carlow, Kildare, Cork and locally it also includes the Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre.

Upgrades include: refrigeration, lighting, solar PV panels, wall insulation, windows and doors, heat pumps.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD, announced the 57 successful applicants to the SEAI Communities grant scheme.

This scheme will support these communities to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes and 570 community and commercial buildings in their local area, eliminating 34,676 tonnes of CO2 annually – this is the equivalent of taking more than 11,000 internal combustion engine cars off the road.

Reducing emissions from buildings is a key action under the government’s Climate Action Plan.

Minister Bruton said: "We are providing €25m to fund proposals developed by 57 of those communities and help those pioneering communities to deliver real climate action.

“All projects are community orientated with a cross sectoral approach including the public and private sector.

“This is an innovative model supported by SEAI coming together with organisations that can mobilise businesses, homeowners and community and charity organisations to get projects off the ground.”

Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI said: "The Government’s Climate Action Plan recognises the central role of communities in achieving our climate action ambitions.

"SEAI is working with hundreds of energy communities across the country, providing them with the knowledge and the means to both plan their own low carbon pathway and to deliver on their ambitions."

Mr Gannon added: "These Government funded grants are a key support for communities ready to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions tailored to their needs.

"The collective achievements of these communities can be replicated, drawing more and more citizens into Ireland’s clean energy transition."