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SEAI Media release19th February 2014

Communities urged to apply for €13.5 million Better Energy CommunityFund84 community projects delivered upgrades to 3,800 buildings in 2013 generating local
employment and resulting in significant savings to community fuel bills - SEAI

Communities urged to apply for €13.5 million Better Energy CommunityFund84 community projects delivered upgrades to 3,800 buildings in 2013 generating local
employment and resulting in significant savings to community fuel bills - SEAI

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has issued a call for communities to apply for
the €13.5 million available for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements particularly to energy
poor homes. Funding is available this year for the two community programmes which include:

 €8.5 million for Better Energy Communities which will provide funding for pioneering
partnerships to achieve energy efficiency through building retrofits within Irish
communities.
 €5 million for Better Energy Area Based Programme which will provide funding for
projects to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to energy poor households.

For the purpose of this call communities can be a collective term connecting one or many
organisations wishing to develop a project in one or multiple locations. SEAI is seeking innovative
and pioneering partnerships for delivery between e.g. the public and private sectors, domestic and
non-domestic sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations and energy suppliers. Suitable
projects must be completed by Friday 31st October 2014. Interested parties should register their
interest by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. said: "Better Energy
Communities has brought huge benefits to participating communities over the last few years, showing
the value of cooperation and local action in achieving energy efficiency savings. This programme has
been a great boost for all homeowners, communities and companies involved, and I'd encourage
people to start working together to see how they too can build on these positive experiences."

SEAI Chief Executive, Dr. Brian Motherway said: "This year the Better Energy community programmes
are all about using innovative approaches to deliver energy upgrades to even more homes and
community buildings. We know that last year communities improved the energy efficiency of
thousands of buildings, in the process creating jobs and saving money . We want to build on this
success and we are hugely encouraged by the creativity and enthusiasm we have seen so far."

Through the Better Energy Communities and Areas schemes in 2013, the Government provided
€15 million to 84 community energy projects countrywide, involving the upgrade of 3,540 homes,
2,800 of which were vulnerable homes, along with another 291 community, public and private
facilities.

One of the successful 2013 projects was initiated by Drombane Village Group in Co.Tipperary and
saw 37 local residences upgraded along with two parish halls. Another project coordinated by
Musgraves involved them working with the GAA to complete energy upgrades in 22 community
GAA clubs nationwide.

Further details on Better Energy Communities and Areas can be found at www.seai.ie/grants

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For further information:
Karen Ferris
Drury
01 260 5000 / 086 317 1248

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the
transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and
practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland's EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the
Irish Government and the European Union.

SEAI administers a number of Better Energy schemes on behalf of the Government

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