This is an exciting new pilot programme that SEAI is delighted to launch in order to stimulate the delivery of innovative energy efficiency projects in communities and other areas.
The Better Energy Programme is Ireland’s national upgrade programme to retrofit our building stock and facilities to high standards of energy efficiency, there by reducing fossil fuel use, running costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose of this call is to support and pilot innovative delivery approaches at a community level. With a fund of €3M, the pilot projects will test new approaches to achieving high quality and efficient delivery of improvements in energy efficiency within Irish communities.
This call, in supporting pilot projects at a community level, is specifically seeking to test innovative and pioneering partnerships for delivery between for example, the public and private sectors, domestic and non-domestic sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Other solutions to delivering energy savings within a community that leverage existing resources are also invited.
The call is open to
Participating Energy Suppliers
Public sector, including local authorities
Community-based organisations (CBOs) that have an established service for delivering the required measures; or other community type organisations.
A grant application can also be made by a nominated project co-ordinator, such co-ordination may be by an energy supply company or their designated delivery partner acting in partial fulfilment of its energy saving target.
Individual organisations and co-ordinators are permitted to submit several different applications for support but projects should be bundled where appropriate.
The call is open to projects and related initiatives in the community spanning multiple sectors and focusing on energy efficiency in buildings, business, facilities and transport sectors, and allowing for additional installation of integrated renewable energy technologies and infrastructure.
Eligible measures will prioritise energy efficiency retrofits and can include elements of renewable energy where appropriate. Measures proposed should demonstrate how they will deliver the Community concept in the wider community, social and policy structures.
Level of support available
A fund of €3m is available for allocation to projects on a competitive basis, for investment actions comprising individual or packaged measures, aimed at achieving on-going and lasting energy savings.
Grant support is available for qualifying projects and the level of funding will be related to the innovation in terms of delivery, technology and energy savings proposed under the project. Funding will be allocated based on an assessment of each individual project application, considered against the evaluation criteria outlined and taking account of other sources of funding leveraged.
The eligible costs are the direct costs incurred in the delivery of the project.
Purchase of plant, machinery or equipment in the product/ technology categories listed on the ‘Triple E’ register
VAT associated if it is not reclaimable
Non Eligible Costs
Any costs not directly related to improving sustainable energy performance through the proposed project
Ongoing monitoring costs
Internal staff costs
Any costs to bring process or facilities up to standards required
Any costs that are incurred prior to formal grant approval – no matter what they relate to – are ineligible and will not be paid.
Or alternatively if you have a project in mind which you think might be suitable please contact Paula Butler who is the main contact person in SEAI and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org 01 8082094.
Closing date for applications is 14th September 2012.
The old mill-wheel, it turns, it turns Throughout the livelong day, And flings the current of the stream, Abroad in glist’ning spray: That old, black wheel has turn’d for years, Beside the mossy mill, That stands, like some old, sacred thing, Beneath the clay-red hill.
The old mill-wheel, it turns, it turns Like time’s unresting one, Which day and night, and night and day, Hath never ceased to run: The old mill-wheel, an emblem true, Of Time that ne’er stands still, I love to see it turning so, Beside the mossy mill.
The old mill-wheel, it turns, it turns, As in my childhood’s hour;– As when I bathed beneath its rim, In its refreshing shower: But they who were my comrades then, Are sleeping on the hill, And now, to them, forever now, The old Mill-wheel stands still.
Germany has set yet another impressive record for solar power consumption! As solar power usage in Germany has increased by 50% since last year, the country’s solar resources have pulled in a phenomenal 14.7 terawatt-hours in the first six months of 2012 alone, which amounts to 4.5 % of Germany’s power needs.
In 2011, Germany’s photovoltaic power reached just 19 Twh for the entire year, 5 Twh shy of productions during the first six months of 2012. The ambitious spike in solar power consumption is thanks to a boom in solar systems being installed across the country, with more being constructed each day.
In just four months, the Germans have installed an additional 73,756 solar power systems across the German countryside, with more sprouting up each week. Combined, the new systems have an output of 2,328 megawatts. German homes and businesses already are responsible for 1.2 million working photovoltaic plants, which have been installed over the past few years with no incentives other than clean energy.
In 2012, Germany will have reached a total of 28 GW of solar power capacity, which far exceeds other countries of its size. With Germany’s lead, solar energy will reign in as the third largest source of renewable energy, and possibly push past wind power and biogas should other countries take lead and follow suit.