​Home Energy Opportunities under Community-Led Scheme

Grants of 35% and 80% are still available for homes seeking insulation, stoves and boilers for their homes under funding secured by Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative (ECTC). Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative (ECTC) is a not-for-profit community-run company set up between a number of Tipperary voluntary parish groups to create community benefit through insulation and energy efficiency schemes. Our main website is http://www.energycommunties.wordpress.com The goal of these community-run schemes is to save energy and create work in the area.
For the 3rd year running, ECTC has secured funding from SEAI for INSULATION and ENERGY EFFICIENCY work. It is open to all homes in Tipperary and neighbouring areas. Works to be complete by October 14th 2016. Since then the community volunteers have been hard at work, project manager Marcella Maher Keogh has been in contact with householders, and our approved contractors have been surveying the work to be done.

Under the SEAI funding, there is an 80% grant for people in receipt of Fuel Allowance, Family income support, One parent families and Job seekers allowance for over six months with children under the age of seven. 35% grants are available for all other householders looking to do the following measures under SEAI’s BETTER ENERGY COMMUNITY INSULATION SCHEME. SEAI is the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

 

The energy efficiency measures include: Attic Insulation/Cavity wall insulation, External wall insulation, Condensing Oil / Gas boilers, Room Heater Stoves ( no back boilers), Heating control upgrades & Climotes, Chimney Draught Limiters.
A number of examples are given below of approximate costs, and grant back to the householders. These upgrades are based on a whole house solution and not just one room in your house being upgraded. Should you require more information please contact the project manager –  Marcella Maher Keogh on 086 1080356 or email energycommunitiestipp@gmail.com   or apply online : http://www.bit.ly/ectform2

Windows & Doors only allowed under 80% when getting external insulation. Houses requesting 2 or more measures will be prioritised  

The Participating communities in Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative are

Drombane Upperchurch: (Chairperson – Noel Byrne);  Kilcommon Rearcross: (Chairperson – Noel McMahon,); Lorrha Rathcabbin (Chairperson – Alan Madden); Birdhill:  (Chairperson – Aileen Campion); Carrig Riverstown: (Chairperson – John Smith); Cloughjordan: (Chairperson –Tom Killackey); Borrisokane: (Chairperson – Miriam Lewis); Loughmore Castleiney: (Chairperson – Mike Connolly) . This initiative is assisted by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, with bridging finance provided by Clann Credo, the Social Investment Fund. Advice is provided by Tipperary Energy Agency. Overall funding provided by *Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Our Energy Supplier Partner on the Project is Electric Ireland.

     
Example 1: (2 Measures) Cavity Wall Insulation + Stove Average Cost (€3,950), 35% Grant cost = €2,574. 80% Grant cost = €790 

Example 2: (3 Measures)   Attic Insulation at ceiling level + Cavity Wall Insulation + Boiler & Heating controls Average Cost €11,000, 35% Grant cost = €7,150. 80% Grant cost =€2,200

Example 3: (3 Measures) Cavity Wall Insulation + Boiler & Heating Controls + Windows. Average Cost = €13,950,  35% Grant = €9,070. 80% Grant = €2,790

Example 4: (2 Measures) Windows & Doors + External Insulation.  Average Cost €18,500. 35% Grant =  €12,025. 80% Grant cost = €3,700

Example 5: (3 Measures) Attic Insulation at ceiling level +External Insulation + Stove. Average Cost= €18,950. 35% Grant cost = €12,320. 80% Grant Cost = €3,790

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Time for Renewable Heat Incentive? UK Energy co-op offers free boilers to communities

A UK energy co-op is offering free biomass boilers to social and community buildings.

Biomass Energy Co-op has developed the scheme in partnership with Strand Energy. The biomass boilers can use waste such as cardboard, olives, nuts, straw and coffee as sources of energy.

Chris O’Connor, technical director at Biomass, explained how the organisations would only have to pay for the heat they use – not the boiler’s installation or maintenance. “As an experienced biomass installer and community benefit society ourselves we will prepare the site for installation, deliver and install the new boiler to the customer, remotely monitor the system and provide all service and maintenance requirements,” he said.

The initiative has been made possible because biomass boilers qualify for Renewable Heat Incentive payments from the government. The payments comprise quarterly grants for the heat used, which in turn cover the capital cost of the boiler over time.

Ricky Davies, Biomass director, explained: “Whilst our existing customers are already saving at least 50% of their annual heating costs, over the last few years or so we’ve found that many community and charity buildings are not able to gain the benefit and lower their carbon outputs due to the large up front capital outlay required. These organisations simply don’t have large amounts of cash sat around to invest.

“As such, our free boiler option will be most suited to those organisations which haven’t got the capital but would love the benefits of renewable technologies and the savings on their energy bills. Additionally, our ‘buy-out’ clause gives customers the option of taking the subsidies themselves once the initial capital cost is repaid.

“Whilst there is inevitably some qualifying criteria regarding the right type of building and size, we are confident that this will be a great opportunity for good causes to both join the green revolution and reduce one of their largest bills.”

http://www.thenews.coop/105142/news/community/energy-co-op-offers-free-boilers-to-community-buildings/

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SEAI report – Energy efficiency vital to achieving energy targets

Energy efficiency is vital to Ireland achieving its renewable energy targets. Full Report available here https://t.co/cXxOyPjQ9G

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Home Energy Saving Grants Scheme available

35% and 80% Domestic Energy Grants available under SEAI’s
BETTER ENERGY COMMUNITY INSULATION SCHEME
Only Grant available for Stoves and Windows – Two upgrade items are required to avail of this Grant
Open to homes in Tipperary, works to be complete by October 14th 2016, ready for the cold winter ahead.

Work can include:
Attic Insulation/Cavity wall insulation
External wall insulation
Wood Boilers/Condensing Oil / Gas boilers
Heat pumps
Room Heater Stoves
Heating control upgrades & Climotes
Full Windows & door replacement (80% GRANT NOT AVAILABLE)
Chimney Draught Limiters

These upgrades are based on a whole house solution.
To apply for the scheme, just complete the Householder Interest Form by clicking here.
Complete and CLICK SUBMIT.
Should you require more information please contact Marcella Maher Keogh on 086 1080356. energycommunitiestipp@gmail.com

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2015 – our blog in review

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ECTC Co-op 2015 Achievements – Saving Energy & Creating Jobs

are (left to right) as follows: Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Kathleen Doorley, Michael Connolly, Allen Madden, Martin O ‘Donoghue, Noel Byrne, Aileen Campion, Margret O’Brien, Jackie Hogan, Claire Ryan and John Smith.

Photo of the attendees from ECTC’s end of year meeting. They are (left to right) as follows: Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Kathleen Doorley, Michael Connolly, Alan Madden, Martin O’Donoghue, Noel Byrne, Aileen Campion, Margret O’Brien, Jackie Hogan, Claire Ryan and John Smith.

Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative (ECTC) had its end of year meeting in Nenagh on the 15th of December. This year ECTC secured over €1.5 million in investment and local jobs to the Tipperary economy. With funding from SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), this year’s project saw a total of 135 homes and 3 community buildings become more energy efficient. 117 of these households were in receipt of Fuel Allowance. These homes received attic insulation, external insulation, high efficiency boilers, stoves, energy efficient light bulbs, and heating controls.
Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative developed from a village community planning process facilitated by North Tipperary Leader Partnership in Drombane Village Hall in 2010. According to ECTC chairperson Noel Byrne “This year eight communities were involved in the scheme. We got great support from Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) at application stage. North Tipperary Leader Partnership have provided start-up funding and financial management for this year’s work (through its Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme). We were also very fortunate again this year to have Marcella Maher Keogh as our Project Co-ordinator.”
The average cost per home of the works was: fuel allowance homes €11,065, can-pay homes €7,155, and on average €10,125 spent on community buildings. The Fuel Allowance homes received a 90% grant, the other homes a 29% grant. Community buildings were funded at 46%. As well as being more comfortable, householders will see a return on their investment through savings on energy over a period of 3-8 years, depending on the home. The energy savings made on each home were sold to Airtricity and used as funding for the project.
Marcella Maher Keogh, the Project Co-ordinator expressed ECTC’s gratitude for the ongoing support of SEAI commenting that “SEAI continue to back our model of community action on energy.” Ms. Keogh gave a special thank you to Clann Credo, the social finance organisation, who again provided the critical bridging finance for the project, she says “The Clann Credo project officer Susan Gallagher has worked with Claire Ryan (NTLP) and myself every step of the way.”
The application to SEAI was made by TEA who also managed the competitive tendering process carried out to recruit contractors. The directors of ECTC were very happy with these contractors. A very high pass rate was achieved on the SEAI inspections and the comments back from homeowners have been very positive. Other partners in the scheme were REIL and OPW which retrofitted a number of public buildings. ECTC also thanked suppliers Boru Stoves, Sola (Solaregy), Climote and Grant Engineering, for sponsorship received.
The eight communities involved were: Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team, Kilcommon/Rearcross Energy Team (KRET), Lorrha/Rathcabbin Energy Team (LRET), Birdhill Tidy Towns, Carrig/Riverstown Development Association (CRDA), Borrisokane Community Forum, Loughmore Energy Team and Cloughjordan Community Development Committee. Gearóid Fitzgibbon of North Tipperary Leader Partnership (NTLP) paid tribute to the volunteers – those who participated on the local Energy Teams, as well as the volunteer directors of ECTC. “ECTC’s is looking to continue its work into 2016 with local partners – creating greater energy efficiency in local homes, saving homeowners’ money on energy and keeping employment in the community.”

Any householders interested in the scheme for 2016 should complete the Householder Interest Form on the website http://www.energycommunities.wordpress.com. For any other information, get in touch with Gearóid Fitzgibbon (NTLP) on 085-7409023, or e-mail him at gfitzgibbon@ntlp.ie.

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Grant Scheme Now Closed for 2015 but…

Grant Scheme Now Closed for 2015 but you can still put your name in for possible future schemes by completing the following Householder Interest Form

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29% Grants Still Available under Community Insulation Scheme

Grants of 29% are still available for homes seeking insulation, stoves and boilers their homes under funding secured by Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative. The goal of these community-run schemes is to saveECTC Logo 1 energy and create work in the area.

Since securing an offer of funding from SEAI for INSULATION and ENERGY EFFICIENCY work, community volunteers have been hard at work. Project manager Marcella Maher Keogh has been in contact with householders, and our approved contractors have been surveying the work to be done.

While the Fuel Allowance places have been filled, there are still 29% grants available for householders looking to do the following measures under SEAI’s BETTER ENERGY COMMUNITY INSULATION SCHEME. (NOTE: this is the only grant available for stoves and windows. Two upgrade items are required to avail of this 29% Grant. It is open to all homes in Tipperary and neighbouring areas. Works to be complete by October 30th 2015).

The energy efficiency measures include:
Attic Insulation/Cavity wall insulation
External wall insulation
Condensing Oil / Gas boilers
Room Heater Stoves
Heating control upgrades & Climotes
Windows & door replacement
Chimney Draught Limiters

A number of examples are given below of approximate costs, and grant back to the householders. These upgrades are based on a whole house solution and not just one room in your house being upgraded. Should you require more information please contact the project manager –  Marcella Maher Keogh on 086 1080356 or email energycommunitiestipp@gmail.com

List of Sample Can Pay Measures

The Participating communities in Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative are
Drombane Upperchurch: (Chairperson – Noel Byrne)
Kilcommon Rearcross:      (Chairperson – Noel McMahon, acting)
Lorrha Rathcabbin:            (Chairperson – Alan Madden)
Birdhill:                                (Chairperson – Aileen Campion)
Carrig Riverstown:             (Chairperson – John Smith)
Cloughjordan:                     (Chairperson –Tom Killackey)
Borrisokane:                      (Chairperson – Miriam Lewis)
Loughmore Castleiney Energy Group

Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative is a not-for-profit community-run company set up between a number of Tipperary voluntary parish groups to create community benefit through insulation and energy efficiency schemes. Our main website is www.energycommunties.wordpress.com

This initiative is assisted by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, with bridging finance provided by Clann Credo, the Social Investment Fund. Advice is provided by Tipperary Energy Agency. Overall funding provided by *Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Our Energy Supplier Partner on the Project is SSE Airtricity.

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Great news! But… Insulation funding finally announced

Funding has been announced for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Better Energy Communities scheme.
Energy Communities Tipperary Coopperative has been awarded E1.4 million euro in grant funding to upgrade 200 houses in 8 parishes in the north of Tipperary.
Gearóid Fitzgibbon, founder member of Energy Communities Tipperary and staff member of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, welcomed the announcement. “This is a great vote of confidence in the efforts of the volunteers and development agencies who have been supporting this initiative.” For more information see this link on the Department of Energy announcement announcing the funding. Below is an interview with Gearóid Fitzgibbon and Seamus Martin on TippFM’s Tipp Today programmme (Thursday June 10th 2015)

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Low carbon Economy – the great project of this age

FROM the Department of Energy Website
Speech by Minister Alex White at
Dublin Castle, Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Energy Minister, Alex White T.D., today (Wednesday) said that the transition to a low-carbon society between now and 2050 was “one of the greatest projects of our age.” Minister White was speaking in Dublin to a group of almost 300 ‘energy stakeholders’ in the final public consultation session before the publication of an energy White Paper in the autumn. The audience included citizens’ groups, academics, elected representatives, regulators and energy companies.

“All of us want to safeguard our environment for future generations. That means that we must expedite the transition to a low-carbon future for our own sake and for the sake of our children and grandchildren. This vision comes with a pledge to all our citizens, our communities, industry, and those who work to provide energy to our homes and workplaces, that policy will ensure certainty, stability and affordability as we make the transition to a low carbon future.”

However, Minister White warned about the challenges of realising this vision. “We will be constrained by the availability of capital and other resources. Some of our decisions will involve costs as well as benefits. We will be presented with many difficult choices as we juggle the sometimes conflicting priorities of affordability, sustainability and energy security,” he said.

Minister White said he wanted informed and engaged citizens to take an active role in the transition to a low-carbon society and economy. He pledged that community concerns about the development of new energy infrastructure would be dealt with sensitively in future. The forthcoming White Paper would “set out a new direction in which we will listen to citizens, respect their concerns and give them an ongoing opportunity to input into policy development and implementation. The onus will be on the State and industry to demonstrate the need for new projects and to clearly explain complex technical issues.” He said communities that host energy infrastructure should receive “commensurate benefits.”

Minister White said policy would aggressively target energy efficiency, which was one of the few elements of energy policy that is completely in our control. The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan has already led to €700 million in savings from reduced fossil fuel imports, he said. He also specifically highlighted the contribution of schools and children to energy savings through initiatives like the Green Schools Programme.

Turning to the renewables sector, Minister White said onshore wind had been at the centre of Ireland’s renewable energy generation so far. “It has served us well, and it will continue to do so. But the next period of energy transition will also see the development of new commercial and late-stage solutions, which are likely to change the mix of renewables as technologies like solar PV, off-shore wind, and carbon capture and storage mature, and become more cost-effective.”

The Minister noted the important contribution of existing policy initiatives such as the Bioenergy Action Plan and the Off-Shore Renewable Energy Development Plan, both published in 2014. He confirmed that the White Paper will outline a number of initiatives that will contribute to the achievement of Ireland’s renewables electricity targets.

Minister White said employment opportunities would continue to arise from the development of new technologies to mitigate carbon emissions. He said his Department was working closely with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation “to launch the European Energy Innovation Hub to develop technologies and capture their enterprise and employment potential.”

The Minister noted the importance of improved inter-connectivity during the transition process, including through projects like the North-South transmission line project. He said this interconnectivity would be facilitated by the recently-initiated EU Energy Union initiative. Along with ongoing cooperation with fellow member states in projects like the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative, this would ensure that Ireland’s energy transition was steady and stable.

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