Almost €2.7m invested in Building Energy Upgrades in Cavan & Monaghan

Homes, businesses and community buildings benefit from SEAI support of €800,000


Media Release
24th November 2015

Almost €2.7million has been invested in energy upgrades in Cavan and Monaghan that will see homes, businesses and community buildings benefit from improved comfort levels and lower energy bills. The project, led by local company Carton Brothers, has been made possible thanks to contributions from local chicken farmers and support of €800,000 from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) through the Better Energy Communities programme.

Retrofit Energy Ireland Limited (REIL) project coordinator, today held an information event with Carton Bros, (who produce Manor Farm Chicken) one of the partners of the project, along with Cavan County Council, Monaghan County Council and SEAI to showcase the range of works being done. Attendees got to see first-hand the range of energy upgrades which were carried out in Ballybay Community Créche, Monaghan as well as visiting the Carton Brothers Poultry facility in Shercock, Cavan. The Carton Group is one of the private enterprises that is donating a portion of its grant monies to the local community to subsidise the cost of the upgrade works, including insulation, heating and lighting upgrades, solar photovoltaic panels and air-to-air heat pumps.

Commenting during the visit, John Randles, Head of Delivery with SEAI said "It's great to see the community benefits delivered through projects supported through Better Energy Communities. What's to be commended with this project is the way in which private enterprises are giving back to their communities by donating a portion of their grant money to benefit local community facilities. This means the energy upgrade works have a far reaching benefit to people around Monaghan and Cavan with more buildings upgraded and facilities improved."

In addition to the 36 homes upgraded in Kilconny and Tulacmongan , a range of organisations benefited from the installation of sustainable energy solutions including Carton Group, Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, An Post, , Doohamlet Community Centre, Ballybay Community Creche, Tullycorbet Community Centre,, Tanagh Outdoor Education & Training Centre, Youth Information Centre, Latton Resource Centre Gowna Community Centre, Happy Days Creche Facility, Ballyconnell Community Centre and many more. Community groups are also benefitting from the provision of bridging finance for the upgrade works from REIL.

Speaking on behalf of Carton Bros, Justin Carton commented
"The SEAI Better Energy Community programme has improved sustainability of poultry in the supply chain. This improvement has delivered benefits to the wider community and has driven local innovations to deliver high performance projects."

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