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.

Kilanerin-Ballyfad Community Development Association (KBCDA) – Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) - winner of 2019 award

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:

Kilanerin-Ballyfad Community Development Association (KBCDA) – Sustainable Energy Community (SEC)

KBCDA's SEC project aims to identify energy reduction opportunities within the community, across residential and non-residential sectors, specifically in relation to; electricity, heating, transport, as well as looking at measures for the community’s potential to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. KBCDA-SEC understand the urgency on the matter of sustainability in communities and know that each step made has a positive impact and that they are leading by example.

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.

Sustainable Tipp

Sustainable Tipp is the planned energy conversion of Tipperary’s housing, commercial, public and community buildings. It is an opportunity for communities, farmers, homeowners and business owners to save energy, money and to ‘go green’. Tipperary’s ‘Sustainable Energy Community’ consists of a number of organisations including Tipperary County Council, Limerick Institute of Technology (Thurles), Teagasc, North and South Tipperary Leader Development companies, the Local Enterprise Office and the Public Participation Network. Its ambition is to achieve EU 2020 targets at a county level and go beyond that to achieve 40% CO2 reduction by 2030. Tipperary County Council has already surpassed its 2020 targets and hence is reaching outwards under ‘Sustainable Tipp’.

Mulranny GreenPlan Group

Mulranny GreenPlan Group is a small but effective community group made up of eight volunteers and supported by additional local groups through Mulranny Community Futures. The Green Plan is built around seven themes that have a positive impact on climate change: Water, Energy, Biodiversity, Waste, Green Procurement, Carbon Production and Society. Mulranny GreenPlan group wants to tackle climate change by reducing the carbon footprint in the rural community and encourage energy reduction measures. The green volunteers operate by picking one flagship building at a time, to optimise and transform into a green role model. Mulranny GreenPlan vision is that ‘Mulranny's unique environment will be preserved and enhanced for future generations and that we will be a carbon neutral, eco-friendly and inspirational community'.

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, Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta

Application guidelines

  1. Please submit your application online by 5pm Friday 18th 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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