SEAI is looking for leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy to enter this year’s SEAI Energy Awards. Now in their 16th year, the SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in sustainable energy.
Businesses, public bodies and communities are using smart energy solutions and practices. They are encouraged to apply and be recognised for their commitment to a cleaner energy future.
Entries can include any combination of electricity, heat or transport initiatives. There are eight categories to choose from. These include: Large Business; SMEs; Public Sector; Community; Buildings; Renewable Energy Solutions; Energy Manager or Team. Also included is Research and Innovation, which has a bursary of up to €10,000.
The transition to a clean energy future will require leadership from businesses, communities and public bodies. The SEAI Energy Awards recognise and celebrate the current leaders. It shines a light on their achievements to inspire others to take action. More and more sectors are pushing the boundaries in energy efficiency and renewable energy. I would encourage individuals and organisations to enter the SEAI Energy Awards 2019. They will get the deserved recognition for their hard won achievements.
Last year, entrants to the Awards demonstrated savings of €38 million through innovative sustainable energy projects. The top prize for Energy Manager of the Year went to Mike Pearson, Principle of Gurteen College, Tipperary. Mike is spearheading an ambitious renewable energy programme at the college. This project brought about the installation of a wind turbine, solar electricity system and a biomass boiler. All of these are included in the college’s education module for students. The biomass boiler is fuelled from willow grown on site and provides 80% of the heating in the college each year.
This award acknowledges our efforts to go beyond sustainable energy best practice. Through demonstrating renewable energy technologies, we are preparing young farmers and rural enterprises for the future.
Other winners in 2018 included MPOWER for its work with the Tallaght Community Living Lab. MPOWER received a €10,000 research bursary for its research project. This aims to develop a model for communities to produce and share electricity at a local level. The Renewable Award 2018 went to EirGrid for its DS3 system. This will increase the level of renewable generation possible on the power system at any given time. EirGrid is now recognised as being a world leader in the integration of renewable electricity into the national grid.
Closing date for entries is Friday, 14 June 2019. The winners will be announced at a gala event on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.