Clonakilty completes building upgrades to deliver energy savings

Clonakilty growing as a sustainable energy community

Clonakilty is making strong inroads towards becoming a sustainable energy community according to Brian Motherway, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who was visiting the area today to see first-hand its multiple building energy upgrades which are nearing completion.  Sustainable Clonakilty, the charitable organisation driving the low-carbon vision for the environs of Clonakilty, hosted an event highlighting the benefits to the local community from the projects being completed in local homes, buildings and facilities.

The retrofit projects, funded by the Better Energy Communities scheme, are being coordinated by  Sustainable Clonakilty along with local partners the Chamber of Commerce, Tidy Towns and Cork County and Town Councils. Works being carried out include energy efficiency upgrades to a wide variety of public and private buildings such as the rugby clubhouse, Richy's Cafe & Bistro, Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens as well as upgrades to the first rural community bicycle scheme in Ireland.    One innovative project will demonstrate the pay-as-you save financing model for the installation of air-source heat pumps in community-owned facilities.

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Dr Brian Motherway, CEO, SEAI, speaking on the collaborative nature of the project said: “Collaboration is the future of energy retrofitting in Ireland, with the benefits felt right across the communities. It is encouraging to see communities like Clonakilty taking positive action to improve the efficiency and comfort of our buildings, create local employment and reduce our reliance on expensive imported fossil fuel.”   

Sustainable Clonakilty Director, Ray Lucey explained the significance of the grant for Clonakilty: “The grant support we received will potentially result in an investment of up to  €120,000 in the town for sustainable energy projects. This will reduce costs for businesses and community groups, create employment and of course reduce our town’s carbon footprint. It really is a great news story for Clonakilty.”


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