Creating sustainable energy communities in Fingal

16th February, 2021

New programme will help people work together to develop a sustainable energy system for the benefit of their community

Minister Joe O’Brien is encouraging towns, villages and voluntary groups in Fingal to join the Sustainable Energy Community programme.

The Sustainable Authority of Irelands (SEAI) has a Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) County Mentor for Fingal who has responsibility for developing and growing the SEC network across the county.

Minister O’Brien said: “One aspect of switching to a more sustainable way of living is through getting involved in a local SEC, a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system for the benefit of the community. This is achieved by aiming, as far as possible, to be energy efficient, using renewable energy where feasible and adopting smart technology solutions.

In Fingal there are hundreds of thousands of energy users in our communities including in our  homes, sports clubs, community centres, churches and businesses and they can all benefit from being a part of a local SEC. Such benefits include achieving financial and energy savings, improve public wellbeing and comfort from creating energy efficient buildings, boosting local employment, promoting community building through the collaborative partnership approach within a local SEC, build leverage for funding applications and ultimately contribute to national energy reduction targets.”

“There are fantastic opportunities across our Fingal communities and the SEAI have a wealth of supports to help anyone who is interested in setting up a local SEC through their three-step journey, known as the Learn-Plan-Do approach. This approach emphasises the importance of a good partnership between the SEC and the SEAI by combining local knowledge, people and time with supports from a technical panel, funding and mentoring and skills development.”

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The SEAI has developed the Sustainable Energy Communities programme to help communities reduce their energy use and develop clean and renewable energy sources. You can find out more by contacting the Fingal officer in the SEAI at edennis@ksnenergy.ie

For more information contact Karen.Power@oir.ie

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