Tipp Groups nominated for Top Energy Award

Four community groups in Tipperary are quarterfinalists for the Best Community Energy. Organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Community Award is for groups and organisations who have set up local energy projects.

As shortlisted finalists, the groups will send representatives to attend a black tie gala event in Dublin in November 2014 where the winners will be announced.

The communities, working under the banner of Energy Communities Tipperary, are currently completing the final stages of insulation and energy efficiency work on 120 homes and a number of community buildings, having secured almost €1 million in funding earlier this year. The work is being project managed by Marcella Maher Keogh, with contractors providing employment to almost 65 people in the Tipperary area for the duration of the project.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, which has provided support, guidance and startup funding to initiate the project, is currently working with the communities to establish the scheme on a more structured basis. NTLP Community Worker Gearóid Fitzgibbon, recently organised a meeting at Nenagh’s Abbey Court Hotel of representatives of 4 four local voluntary Energy Teams – Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team (DUET); Kilcommon/Rearcross Energy Team (KRET); Lorrha/Rathcabbin Energy Team (LRET) and Birdhill Tidy Towns group. The discussion reviewed the progress to date, and examined how to develop the project. A number of models are being looked at, including the energy co-operative model which has had such success in Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Spain. In Germany, the Government has legislated to ensure local and community ownership of all new renewable energy projects. As a result, thousands of local energy co-operatives are being formed to manage these schemes. It is hoped that this review process will conclude in late autumn, when other communities will have the opportunities to get involved.

Any local groups looking to organise local energy teams for 2015 should get in touch with Gearoid Fitzgibbon – NTLP on 0857409023 or email GFitzgibbon@ntlp.ie

More information on the projects is available on www.energycommunities.wordpress.com Details of the Sustainable Energy Awards are available on the SEAI website: www.seai.ie/energyawards


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Members of Energy Communities Tipperary at a recent review and planning event in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.

L-R: Mark Tanner (NTLP), Tom Butler (KRET), Aileen Campion (Birdhill), Brett Fitzpatrick (Birdhill),  Con Harrington (DUET), Noel Byrne (DUET), Jack Looby (Duet) Martin O’Donoghue (DUET), Joan Carew (DUET), Eileen Armstrong (DUET), Eileen Dunne (DUET), Alan Madden and Nancy White (LRET), Paul and Edel Grace, Liam Lynch (KRET), and Marcella Maher Keogh (Project Manager). Gearóid Fitzgibbon (NTLP) facilitated.

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Saving energy in the home


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What Next for Tipperary Energy Communities?

Some pictures from last night’s meeting in Nenagh’s Abbey Court Hotel where 4 #Tipperary Energy Communities met to discuss a vision for their future #drombane





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Energy Communities Tipperary Secures €1.3 Million Energy Investment

Four community groups in Tipperary with support and guidance from North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) have been awarded almost €1 million by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for energy efficiency work to their homes and community buildings totalling €1.3 million.

The SEAI funding offer was announced at a meeting held in Nenagh on 12th June with representatives of 4 four local voluntary Energy Teams in the communities of Drombane/Upperchurch; Kilcommon/Rearcross; Lorrha/Rathcabbin and Birdhill. Noel Byrne, chairman of Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team said “This is a great achievement for the people of Tipperary. We would like to see it spur more communities to set up local energy projects, to save money and create employment for their areas.”

L-R: Noel Byrne (DUET), Jackie Hogan (LRET), Alan Madden (LRET), Terry Griffith (BET), Noel McMahon (KRET), Martin 0'Donoghue (KRET), Marcella Maher Keogh (Project Manager), Liam Lynch (KRET), Gearóid Fitzgibbon (NTLP) and Con Harrington (DUET).

L-R: Noel Byrne (DUET), Jackie Hogan (LRET), Alan Madden (LRET), Terry Griffith (BET), Noel McMahon (KRET), Martin 0’Donoghue (KRET), Marcella Maher Keogh (Project Manager), Liam Lynch (KRET), Gearóid Fitzgibbon (NTLP) and Con Harrington (DUET).

A Project Co-ordinator, Marcella Maher Keogh, was recruited, who prepared four funding applications to SEAI. This work was financed by NTLP and the four local Energy Teams. Competitive tendering processes were carried out in each area to recruit suitable contractors. With NTLP, itself a non-profit company, acting as the secretariat, the four communities have together formed an UMBRELLA GROUP called Energy Communities Tipperary (ECT). ECT is a hub to co-operate and share best practice from the Drombane Project, between participating communities. The website http://www.energycommunities.wordpress.com makes information and resources from the projects available to the general public.

Gearóid Fitzgibbon, NTLP Community Worker, paid tribute to the local input: “The investment secured for each community is only possible through the time and commitment which volunteers give to oversee these projects in their own areas.”
The volunteers with the participating Energy Team are:
Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team: Noel Byrne (Chairman) Jack Looby, Martin O’Donoghue, Con Harrington, Joan Carew, Eileen Armstrong, Eileen Dunne, Paddy Gleeson, PJ Harrington, Billy Clancy, and Michael Corcoran.
Kilcommon/Rearcross Energy Team: Liam Lynch (Chairman), Tom Harris, Eamon O’Neachtain, Paul Grace, Edel Grace, Noel McMahon, Noelle Ryan, Tom Butler, Billy Nolan, and Josephine Ryan.
Lorrha/Rathcabbin Energy Team: Alan Madden (Chairman), Jackie Hogan, Tim Kelly, Michael Bowler, Nancy White, Michael Moore, Declan Houlihan, Michael O’Meara, and Liam Mannion.
Birdhill Energy Team (part of Birdhill Tidy Towns group): Aileen Campion, Terry Griffith, Brett Fitzpatrick, David Healy and Tony Ryan.

The funding marks the latest success of a project which began at a community meeting in Drombane in 2010 when Drombane Village Group, chaired by Con Harrington, sought to stimulate economic activity in their local community. A new group called Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team (DUET) was set up. DUET successfully leveraged investment in local energy efficiency work to the value of €450,000 with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Better Energy Community grant scheme.

A case study on this project is available called: Retrofitting the Local Economy – Case Study of a Community-led Energy Efficiency Scheme. A limited numbers of hard copies of case study are available from NTLP or from Drombane Energy Team.

Since 2013, NTLP community worker Gearóid Fitzgibbon has been working with a number of other communities to replicate the success of the Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team. Advice from Tipperary Energy Agency staff, and support from student placements (Rachel Ryan – LIT Tipperary, and Allan Stewart – University of Uppsala)

The Energy Teams will be meeting later this autumn to see how they can build on this years success. Any local groups looking to get involved for 2015 should get in touch with
Gearoid Fitzgibbon – NTLP on 0857409023 or email GFitzgibbon@ntlp.ie

BOX OFF – 30% Grants still available
30% Grant Available: A few places are still available for Homeowners to avail of a 30% grant towards two upgrade items in their home. Upgrade items include, Attic Insulation, Cavity Wall insulation, External Insulation, Condensing Oil Boiler with Heating Controls, Heating Controls, Solar panels and Dry Stoves.
To qualify for the Grant, your home must have been built before 2006. All works are carried out by Energy Community Tipperary contractors, and must be completed before October 25th 2014. For more information or to avail of this grant please contact Project Co-ordinator Marcella Maher Keogh 086 1080356 or on energycommunitiestipp@gmail.com

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Som Energia – Spain’s first renewable energy co-op

Here is a link to an article on the English Guardian about Som Energia. Som Energia is Spain’s first renewable energy co-operative. It sells electricity to members, competing with the big energy companies. It also produces own renewable energy from small projects, set up close to where it’s members live.
Full details here:

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Saving Energy in the Home

See below some information and tips on saving energy in the home.

This is in the form of an FAO or Frequently Asked Questions:

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Promoting Community Energy in Scotland

Follow this link for info on the #CommunityPower project Scotland which aims to promote locally-owned, decentralised renewable schemes. http://t.co/0flXxbO9qz
(Check out @FoEScot on Twitter)

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Update on SEAI Better Energy Application

No news yet, applications have been successfully admitted and we are hoping for any update soon.

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Resources for Starting a Community Energy Scheme

Some great tips and resources here from Brighton Energy Co-operative

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SEAI Guidelines on Better Energy Communities 2014

The Better Energy Communities 2014 Guidelines are now available here:


Also the presentations that were held at workshops at the SEAI Energy Show are available here (including that by Noel Byrne, Chairman of Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team):


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