Friday, October 01, 2021

Portlaoise Leisure Centre is among the projects that will receive funding

TEN community energy projects in Laois will receive funding under the Community Energy Grant Scheme.

The leisure centres in Portlaoise and Portarlington, the community centre in Castletown and the SuperValu store in Abbeyleix are among those who will receive funding, with amounts still to be confirmed.

The grants administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) provide for a range of improvements to existing buildings, to drive energy efficiency and facilitate the installation of renewable technologies. Recipients include public sector projects, sports facilities, community buildings and businesses.

The works can include the installation of insulation, heat pump systems, replacement windows/doors, solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, refrigeration upgrades and energy monitors, as well as man other energy upgrades.

Confirming the grants today, minister of state and Laois/Offaly TD Seán Fleming said the Government’s Climate Action Plan and these grants play a key role in supporting Ireland’s climate action ambitions. The upgrades will result in improved energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Welcoming the news, Laois/Offaly Charlie Flanagan said grant recipients will benefit from warmer buildings that are better for their health, as well as more efficient buildings that will ensure lower energy bills.

He said: “Overall, this funding will lead to a reduction in harmful CO2 emissions. Communities play a central role in achieving our climate action ambitions. The projects will also deliver significant employment benefits here in the county.”

The successful Laois applicants are :

  • Portlaoise Leisure Centre: Proposed Heating Controls

  • Portarlington Leisure Centre: Proposed Solar Panels

  • Laois County Council County Hall, Portlaoise: Proposed Heating Controls

  • Castletown Community Centre : Proposed heating insulation and lighting upgrades

  • Eurospar Fairgreen , Portlaoise : Proposed cooling and refrigeration upgrades

  • Emo Filling Station/Mace Mountrath: Proposed Refrigeration upgrade

  • MES Recycling Derraugh Warehouse, Mountrath: Proposed Solar Panels

  • Beechfield Healthcare, Portlaoise: Proposed Solar Panels

  • Brelins Supervalue Abbeyleix: Refrigeration upgrade

  • National Home Retrofit Scheme for Laois Homes (number to be finalised)

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