Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources last week announced that the Government will spend €13 million by the end of this year on over 80 community energy projects around the country, under Better Energy schemes administered by SEAI.
The projects include energy efficiency upgrades to over 3,500 homes, 80% of which are classed as energy poor, and more than 290 public and community buildings. Delivering the projects will involve the equivalent of over 300 full time jobs and will achieve almost €7 million annual energy savings.
The Minister marked the announcement at one of the flagship projects, a partnership between Musgrave, its retail partners in SuperValu and Centra, and the GAA. The real innovation is that Musgrave and its retailers, as part of the overall Better Energy investment, will in turn part fund energy upgrades in the local community. The project will see energy efficiency upgrades completed in 24 retail stores, including insulation and heating and lighting upgrades. Musgrave have selected 22 local GAA clubs as partners whom they will part fund to get similar upgrades, saving them in the region of €47,000 a year, which can be redirected into club development. Total grant support to this project is €520,000.
Peter McKenna, Stadium Director Croke Park, GAA added: “We are delighted to once again partner Musgraves in this most exciting initiative – one that has the potential to make a significant difference in a tangible way in communities across the island. We take our responsibilities in this area seriously and to that end have worked hard to make Croke Park one of the leading venues globally in energy efficiency. We look forward to the roll-out of this latest partnership and wish everyone involved every success with it.”