Community Energy Champion

Possibility of grant aid for heating and energy upgrades

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Seamus Dunbar: An Energy Champion with ambitious plans for Manorhamilton

Artist Seamus Dunbar

The North Leitrim SEC lead by Energy Champion Seamus Dunbar are seeking households to participate in an energy efficient project with the possibility of grant aid for work.


North Leitrim Sustainable Energy Community is a voluntary group established in June 2016 to promote community owned renewable energy and energy efficiency in the area.
They are currently preparing an application to the SEAI under the Better Energy Communities programme to assist households and organisations to increase their energy efficiency and cut fuel costs.


The group have identified partners in the business and public sector and are now seeking a number of private households to participate in this project.
If successful, the application will fund a range of energy saving measures to a level of 35% of the total cost for households, rising to 80% for “fuel poor” houses, where the applicant is in receipt of one of the following:

  • Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance for 6 months plus pr where the resident is the primary carer of at least one child under seven years.
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit is not eligible.
  • Family Income Supplement (FIS)
  • In receipt of the "One ParenFamily Payment"

Interested householders must be in a position to pay the balance of costs from their own resources.

Eligible measures include attic and roof insulation, cavity and external wall insulation, heating upgrades and door and window replacement, and work must be completed by October 2017. The aim is to save energy and reduce costs by a minimum of 20%.
As this is a pilot project, the group will be able to include only a small number of houses in this year’s application.
If you are interested in being considered, or for further information, contact the group at northleitrimsec@gmail.com making the subject “BEC expression of interest.”


This is a great opportunity for any household who are unsure how energy efficient their home is or know that work could be done to make their home more energy and cost efficient.