Are you part of a community that has championed sustainable energy in your area? Apply now for the Community category in this year’s Sustainable Energy Awards.

About the Award

This is aimed at community partnerships, groups and organisations leading change and championing sustainable energy. This is at local level with a view to delivering energy savings and other social, environmental and climate benefits. It will focus on those influencing how the community uses energy individually or collectively. Activities might include energy retrofits, renewable energy upgrades, behavioural change initiatives. Other activities include hosting community energy events, development of energy cooperatives and energy master plans.

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from community partnerships, groups and organisations involved in leading change and championing sustainable energy at local level.

Previous project finalists under this category include:

Castleblaney Sustainable Energy Group (CSEG)

CSEG is a voluntary group comprising of representatives from the public, private and community sectors in the town. This is economically and socially beneficial to Castleblayney. It will deliver a significant reduction in the use of fossil fuel based energy in the town. Also support the drive nationally and globally to move to a low carbon economy that will benefit society in the long term.

Louth County Council

Louth County Council is a Local Authority responsible for delivering a number of services within the jurisdiction of County Louth. The integrated and collaborative model adopted by the Louth County Councils energy team delivers on its core values. Mentoring community groups and facilitating the other large public sector stakeholders in the community. A commitment to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. The protection of the environment, the promotion of sustainable development, and a determination to succeed.

Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta

The Aran Islands Community Energy Cooperative with 100 members is open to every resident. It is not-for-profit, has 12 directors made up of every sector of community and all are volunteers. Over half of the houses and buildings on the 3 islands have completed energy upgrades since 2012. Half of the buildings on Inis Oirr have now replaced fossil fuels with heat pumps and photovoltaic panels. Inis Mor is also progressing well in the same direction. There are now 10 electric vehicles on Inis Mor.


This means a lot for us – it means that we are recognised. Out there on the islands, it’s a shared endeavour…and it moves us forward and gives us strength.
Fiona Belton, The Aran Islands Energy Cooperative

Application guidelines

  1. Please submit your application online by 5pm. Friday 14th June.
  2. You are eligible to apply under more than one category. Simply follow the online guidelines and copy and paste your application to a new category and amend your answers as appropriate.
  3. Please ensure all mandatory fields are completed before you hit submit.
  4. Please complete the 'Data' section to the best of your ability.
  5. Once you submit, you can still edit your application up to the deadline date.
  6. Please keep attachments to 5MB or less.
  7. Shortlisted applications will be announced in August.
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Are you part of a community that has championed sustainable energy in your area? Apply now to the #SEAIAwards2019 #Community category.

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