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

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About the Award

This award is for members of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Communities Network. It will recognise the inspirational efforts of teams leading a sustainable energy community that go beyond the norm through a combination of ambition, passion and commitment.

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from community partnerships, groups and organisations involved in leading change and championing sustainable energy at local level. You must be a member of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Community network.

Previous project finalists under this category include:

Dalkey Sustainable Energy Community

Dalkey Sustainable Energy Community (DSEC) was setup by Dalkey Tidy Towns’ (DTT) Sustainability Team. Working together with households, businesses, stakeholders and SEAI to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, their shared vision is to adapt community to the challenges of our changing climate, considering climate risks and opportunities in decision making. They ran a ‘Save Energy at Home’ show which had 500 attendees who promote behavioural change in their local community, they have completed a home energy survey with 100 participants and distribute a monthly newsletter to over 3,000 recipients on hot topics in energy efficiency and climate action. They are committed to engaging with everyone in the local community to inspire a commitment to sustainable energy.

Dingle Sustainable Energy Community

Dingle Sustainable Energy Community (DSEC)'s Energy Masterplan is nearing completion and a register of opportunities has been identified that will form the next steps on the path towards an energy demand reduction of 40%, with renewables meeting 30% of the remaining demand by 2030. Funding has been secured from Gas Networks Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta for a feasibility study for anaerobic digestion on the Peninsula which is a proven technology that provides a chance to produce clean energy, clean up farming and diversify rural incomes.

Inishowen Development Partnership – Inishowen SEC

Established in January 2019, Inishowen Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is the result of a collaboration between Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), Inishowen Co-Op, Donegal County Council, and a diverse range of stakeholders across the Inishowen community. Their vision is that the Inishowen Peninsula will be carbon neutral by the year 2050 and the Inishowen SEC has ambitions of becoming a renewable energy centre of excellence.

Ringsend / Irishtown Sustainable Energy Community

The Ringsend / Irishtown Sustainable Energy Community (RISE-C) formed in 2017 to work on building capacity for sustainable energy in the community, emerging from existing community initiatives aimed at sustainability and local engagement. The SEC has established connections with local partners and other communities and is working to further develop community participation in the SEC through social media and local news outlets. In 2019, RISE-C received funding from the SEAI Communities Grant scheme to complete several demonstration projects including solar PV installation in the Fair Play Café which includes a screen display in the café that highlights the electricity being generated in real-time; it has been particularly effective in highlighting the potential for renewable electricity and provoking discussion around sustainability.

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We are all absolutely delighted on behalf of Inishowen SEC to win this community award. It's great for everybody that's been involved over the long number of years in getting to this point, and we really look forward to pushing things forward and this will give us a real shot in the arm to do so.
Paul McGowan, Inishowen Development Partnership, Inishowen SEC

Application guidelines

  1. Please submit your application online by 5pm Friday 24th 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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