Arranmore Island Communities Project to benefit 47 homes and 6 businesses through energy efficiency upgrades

SEAI CEO Jim Gannon commends community initiatives on visit to Arranmore Island community project

Media Release

Arranmore site visit28 September 2016 - Arranmore has made great strides towards becoming a sustainable energy community according to Jim Gannon, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who was visiting the area on 26th September to see the building energy upgrades taking place on the beautiful Gaeltacht Island off the coast of Donegal. Part-funded by SEAI’s Better Energy programme, the project is set to make substantial energy savings for 47 homes and 6 businesses within the Arranmore community. Works underway include upgrades to lighting, wall and roof insulation, as well as the installation of heat pumps and high efficiency gas and oil fired boiler upgrades with heating controls.

Due for completion in October 2016, the project forms part of Arranmore’s five year sustainable community development plan. It is a partnership with Arranmore Island Energy Committee, Northside Community Enterprises and SE Systems who are experienced in delivering similar projects to island communities.

During his visit, Jim Gannon said ‘Árainn Mhór is one of many great projects being funded through SEAI’s Better Energy Communities programme. It demonstrates the power of communities to make a difference for themselves by working together to achieve a better quality of life that goes well beyond the monetary savings. These projects are vital as communities play their part in weaning Ireland off of imported fossil fuels while protecting essential elements of our daily business. The local community on Árainn Mhór and the surrounding area should feel proud of this initiative , and of the leadership they are showing to other communities.’

Terence Gallagher Project Coordinator said ''The Arranmore community have really embraced the idea of making their homes more energy efficient and that's why the Better Energy Communities has been so successful on the island, so much so that we have over 50 homes on a waiting list for next year.''

Hellewells Restaurant, one of the local buildings to receive energy upgrade works will have a heat pump with fully integrated heating controls installed. Their energy use will be more than halved, saving them over €2,500 on their annual energy bill.

Other local businesses participating in the project include Arranmore Community Hall, Maghery Community centre, Ramelton Community Centre, Garverys Supervalue, and Carmichael Centre.


Editors Notes

About SEAI

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

The Better Energy schemes are administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on behalf of the Government.

For further information contact:

Luke McDonnell

Drury|Porter Novelli


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