SEAI Renewable Energy Resource System Receives International Achievement Award

Geographical Information System awarded at international conference in San Diego

Media Release

30th  June 2016 - The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) received a Special Achievement in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Award from Esri, a leading global GIS solutions provider, at its international conference in San Diego yesterday (June 29th). SEAI GIS dramatically improves the accessibility of spatial data on renewable energy resources, including wind, geothermal and bioenergy. SEAI was the only Irish winner among 167 winning organisations from over 300,000 eligible candidate projects across agriculture, defence, transport and local government.

Commenting SEAI Chief Executive Jim Gannon said: “It is an honour for my colleagues in SEAI to receive this award. Ireland has an abundance of renewable energy resources that, used properly, can assist in our move to a low-carbon future. These rich environmental and spatial data resources will support critical decisions about the development of new sustainable energy schemes providing openly available decision-making tools for policy makers, developers and communities alike.”

SEAI’s GIS system was launched last year with intuitive features making it easier for users to gain insight into the potential value of existing and new sustainable energy projects, against the backdrop of some of the environmental designations and other constraints that may exist. People can find out about the suitability of a certain area of land for growing bioenergy crops, understand the potential for geothermal energy generation at a specific location or analyse wind speeds at possible new wind farm sites. The information can be accessed for free on SEAI’s website


For further information contact:

Luke McDonnell Drury|Porter|Novelli
01 260 5000/ 085 7127243

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. 

SEAI’s GIS system delivers and shares three significant data sets:

  • The Wind Atlas of Ireland, providing detailed information on wind speeds and wind farm sites, was developed by the UK Met Office under contract to SEAI
  • Geothermal Maps, showing subsurface temperatures , geologic regions and rock types
  • Bioenergy Maps, indicating areas suitable for the cultivation of bioenergy crops such as miscanthus, oilseed rape and willow

The SEAI GIS uses Esri technology following their selection through competitive tender.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. A market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including the 200 largest cities in the USA; national governments; two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies; and 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri staff nominate thousands candidate projects for the Special Achievement in GIS Awards and company President Jack Dangermond selects the finalists. See

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