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The Minister for Communications announced the 57 successful applicants to the SEAI Communities grant scheme

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This scheme will support these communities to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes and 570 community and commercial buildings in their local area, eliminating 34,676 tonnes of CO2 annually – this is the equivalent of taking more than 11,000 internal combustion engine cars off the road.

 

Reducing emissions from buildings is a key action under the government's Climate Action Plan.

 

We are providing €25m to fund proposals developed by 57 of those communities and help those pioneering communities to deliver real climate action. All projects are community orientated with a cross sectoral approach including the public and private sector. 

 

This is an innovative model supported by SEAI coming together with organisations that can mobilise businesses, homeowners and community and charity organisations to get projects off the ground.

 

Minister Bruton visited one of the 2018 grant recipients, St Michael's House Leisure Centre, in Coolock, Dublin. This is part of a larger upgrade project including a number of homes, businesses and public buildings. St Michael's Leisure Centre received a grant of €72,000 towards a renewable heat pump and lighting upgrade.

 

Up to €25m of Project Ireland Government funding is available to support the successful projects, which have a total value of €66m.

 

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