The Better Energy Community programme assists energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support.
How the BEC programme works
Better Energy Communities is our national retrofit initiative. We support new approaches to achieving energy efficiency in Irish communities. Upgrades can take place across building types to reduce energy use and costs throughout the community. We aim to deliver energy savings to homeowners, communities, and private sector organisations. All projects should be community oriented with a cross-sectoral approach, and you must show that you can sustainably finance the proposed project.
€28mGrant supports available for community energy projects
€70mTotal investment in energy efficiency
Current BEC project members
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Eligibility for funding
Projects supported by BEC
Successful BEC projects must demonstrate some or all of the following characteristics.
- Community benefits
- Multiple elements
- Mix of sustainable solutions
- A clear road map
- Innovation and project ambition
- Justified energy savings
- An ability to deliver the project
Measures supported by BEC
This list outlines the types of measures we want to support through the BEC programme. We are seeking a mix of elements, not a single focus.
- Building Fabric Upgrades
- Technology and System upgrades
- Integration of Control Systems
- Integration of renewable energy sources
- Domestic Combined Fabric Upgrade
Partnership and Timeframes
Partnership is essential for a successful application. You should seek partnership from organisations that fall into the eligible categories. These partnerships can be assisted by SEAI if required.
Innovative and pioneering partnerships between sectors are encouraged. This might include collaborations between public and private sectors, residential and non-residential sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, or financing entities and energy suppliers. Projects that are part of a larger energy efficiency project or engage with other SEAI programmes are welcome.
The application deadline for 2018 has now passed. In December we will announce plans for 2019. The programme is run annually through a competitive process. Once applications are closed, we then review what projects will be supported under the scheme. In contrast to our Sustainable Energy Community programme, it is structured on a tight timeframe.
Better Energy Communities Workshops
A number of workshops take place every year in January across the country to support and assist communities who are interested in submitting an application for the Better Energy Communities grant programme. We also advise that you talk to neighbouring communities who have gone through the process as they might be able to provide valuable insights and learnings.