By Dan Walsh
The Government has allocated significant funding through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for multiple community and home energy projects, according to Fine Gael TD Deputy Paul Kehoe has said. “While it is not possible to quantify the exact amount of the grants allocated in Wexford as many of the projects cross county borders it is clear that this is a major step forward in this area,” Deputy Kehoe told WexfordLocal.com.
Along with funding for retrofit and upgrade of dozens of home energy projects across the county, examples of the grants for Wexford include:
Enniscorthy Fire Station and Bunclody Fire Station are proposing PV panel installs.
Whitemills County Depot in Wexford is proposing lighting and heating upgrades.
Gorey Library is proposing lighting upgrades. New Ross Municipal Depot, Wexford Fire Station Headquarters and Gorey Fire Station are proposing fabric insulation upgrades and drying facilities in Gorey Fire Station.
Wexford County Council is proposing light upgrades to three specified estates in Wexford.
Ballingly Joinery (Wexford) Ltd, Timber manufacturer Wellingtonbridge, is proposing lighting upgrade.
John Pettitt Wexford Ltd (SuperValu), Co. Wexford are proposing refrigeration upgrade;
Dockrells Vegetable Farm, Enniscorthy.
Ire-wel Pallets Ltd, Wells, Gorey, is proposing lighting upgrade and PV.
Deputy Kehoe said recipients of the grants, administered by the SEAI include public sector projects, sports facilities, community buildings and local businesses and homes.
Minister for The Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, announced 83 community and home energy projects to receive grant funding of €57 million under the Community Energy Grant Scheme. This substantial government investment supports projects that will achieve energy savings which will amount to €156 million, or 25,000 MWh, each year.
Deputy Kehoe said: “This important Government investment will deliver energy upgrades to dozens of homes and community and commercial buildings throughout the country. Recipients will benefit from warmer buildings that are better for their health as well as more efficient buildings that will ensure lower energy bills. The projects will also deliver significant employment benefits here in County Wexford”, Deputy Kehoe concluded.