A total of €57 million has been allocated to 83 community, business and home energy projects across the country through the Community Energy Grant Scheme.
Almost €13.6 million will go to a number of projects across Co. Galway, including Mervue FC; SuperValu in Moycullen; The Seaweed Centre in Lettermullen; Centra Lough Atalia; Leisureland; Joyce’s Supermarket Group; and Comhairle Ceantar na nOileán Teo, Tír an Fhia.
Under the SEAI scheme, projects to receive funding include public sector initiatives, sports facilities, community buildings and businesses.
The investment will support projects that will achieve energy savings which will amount to €156 million, or 25,000 MWh, each year.
In welcoming the funding for the Galway projects, Galway Senator Seán Kyne said that “recipients will benefit form lower bills, a reduction in energy consumption as well as providing employment for people in the retrofitting and energy efficiency sector.
“Energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways we can achieve our targets and I’m delighted that the Government has supported the broad range of Galway schools, communities and businesses to do this.”
Speaking at the announcement, Minister Éamon Ryan said: “The Government’s Climate Action Plan recognises the central role of communities in achieving our climate action ambitions.
“This investment will deliver energy upgrades to over 2,000 homes and community and commercial buildings throughout the country.
“The successful communities will benefit from warmer and healthier buildings, lower energy bills, and reduced harmful CO2 emissions.
“The projects will also deliver significant employment benefits locally and nationally.”