Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (47)

Thomas P. Broughan


47. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide a breakdown of the community projects in the greater Dublin area which will receive support as part of the recently announced allocation of €13 million from his Department towards community energy projects under the better energy scheme administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45045/13]

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The Government will spend €13 million in Exchequer funding by the end of 2013 on over 80 community based energy efficiency projects under the Better Energy Communities and the Better Energy Areas schemes across the country. Both schemes are administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) under the Better Energy Programme. The funding will deliver energy efficiency upgrades to approximately 3,500 homes of which 80% are experiencing energy poverty. The budget allocation will also allow for the delivery of energy upgrades to more than 290 public and community buildings.

Out of the total funding, €7 million will be spent under the Better Energy Communities scheme. This scheme provides sustainable energy upgrades and enhanced energy to existing buildings, services, facilities and processes in the community sector. The scheme aims to support existing community groups and networks to achieve on-going and lasting energy savings. Innovative and pioneering partnerships for the delivery of projects between the public and private sectors, domestic and non-domestic sectors, commercial and not-for profit organisations are encouraged around the country.

The remaining €6 million will be disbursed under the Better Energy Areas scheme. The scheme, which is free of charge to the customer, primarily delivers energy upgrades to low income homeowners experiencing extreme energy poverty. The scheme was introduced as a pilot under the Affordable Energy Strategy in 2012 and is administered under the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme.

Below are details of the breakdown of projects for delivery in 2013 under Better Energy Communities and Better Energy Areas in the greater Dublin area.

Better Energy Communities Scheme 2013

Lead Applicant

Project Title


Grant Support

Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon Community project

Supported Housing at 35-36 Sean McDermott Street, D.1Chester House, 314-316 North Circular Road, D. 7Riversdale House, Riversdale Avenue, Palmerstown, D. 20Blessington Street, 32-33 Blessington Street, D. 7Roylands, 7 Main Street, Tallaght, D. 24Charity Shop, 57 Lower Camden Street, D. 2


Irish Social Finance Centre Limited

Irish Social Finance Centre

Irish Social Finance Centre Inchicore (former AIB building)




Dundrum SC, Nutgrove SC & Stillorgan SC


Musgrave Retail Partners Ltd with GAA

Musgrave Community Project

24 Shops & 22 GAA clubs Nationwide


Kilmacud Crokes & St Vincents Dublin

Centra Ballinteer, 83 Ballinteer Rd, Ballinteer, Dublin 16

Centra North King St

Centra Parnell St, Unit 5, Greeg Court, Parnell St Dublin 1

SuperValu Donabate, Donabate Town Centre, Donabate, Co.Dublin

SuperValu Mount Merrion, 27 The Rise, Mount Merrion, Dublin

Centra Middle Abbey St, 35 Curzon House, Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1

Centra Ballyfermot (Decies Rd), 47-51 Decies Rd, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

SuperValu Balbriggan

SuperValu Killester

SuperValu Sallynoggin


Total Grant Funding for Nationwide project

South Dublin County Council

South Dublin Co Co Community Scheme

Jigsaw Clondalkin, Neilstown Church, Clondalkin, Dublin 22Lucan Leisure Centre, Griffeen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin.Ballymount Depot, Ballymount Ind. Estate, Dublin 24


Aras na Cluaine, Management Company

Light Upgrade to common areas

Aras na Cluaine, Waterylane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Apartment Complex


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Energy Upgrades

1.Community Centres - Cois Cairn, Connaught Ave, Bray, Co. Wicklow - Sallynoggin, Church Place, Pearse Road, Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin - Park House, Library Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 2. County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin3. Public Lighting, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 184. GPS for maintenance service fleet5. Heritage Buildings- Cabinteely House, Cabinteely Park, Old Bray Road, D.18- Dalkey Town Hall, Dalkey, Co. Dublin 6. Libraries - - Stillorgan Library, St. Laurences Park, St. Laurences Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin - Dalkey Library, Castle St., Dalkey, Co. Dublin- Shankill Library7. Rochestown House, Sallynoggin Road, Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin


Dublin Fire Brigage


Blanchardstown Fire Station, Porters Road, Coolmine Ind. Estate, D. 15Finglas Fire Station, Mellowes Road, Finglas, Dublin 11


Future Fit t/a replay sport

Lower Costs for 6 Sports Communities through Energy efficiency

Edmondstown Golf Club Ltd, Edmonstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16Irish Basketball Arena Ltd, Tymon Road, Dublin 24

65,580.44 –Dublin Projects Only


Energy Efficiency and M&T Upgrade Project

3 No. Electrical Vehicals EV points Lighting upgrade to Servisair Cargo warehouseGreen Screens



Grand Canal Harbour

Grand Canal Harbour Public Lighting Retrofit


Better Energy Areas Scheme 2013

Project Title

Description of Projects

South Dublin County Council

Moderate and deep energy upgrades will be installed in 75 homes and one community house in Tallaght, Dublin 24. 80% of the homes are energy poor. The measures include attic insulation, cavity insulation, window upgrades, CFLs and high efficiency gas condensing boilers with full heating controls package. Retrofit Energy Ireland and South Dublin County Council are the partners in this project.

Total Project: € 379,540.20

Grant Approved: €209,502.80

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Moderate energy upgrades will be installed to 101 units in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown areas of County Dublin. 96% of the homes are energy poor. The measures include heating upgrades, attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and CFLs

Retrofit Energy Ireland and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are the partners in this project.

Total Project: € 448,166.93

Grant Approved: €251,220.00

Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Deep upgrades to 77 housing association homes in Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. 75% of the homes are energy poor. This project represents an opportunity to trial a form of Pay as You Save energy retrofit financing. The measures include high efficiency gas boilers, remote access heating controls, loft and cavity wall insulation, CFLs and windows and doors. NABCO and Electric Ireland are the partners in this project.

Total Project: € 890,262.20

Grant Approved: €585,865.54