13 Kilkenny communities take control of their energy futures
Thirteen community groups in Kilkenny are taking control of their energy futures in an effort to tackle climate change.
The groups, which are spread out all across the county are part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI’s) community energy network, which is leading the way in Ireland’s energy transition.
SEAI has more than 25,000 people across the country tackling climate action in their localities by being more energy efficient in their homes, businesses and community buildings and switching to renewable energy.
Groups from Kilkenny city, Thomastown, Mooncoin, Kells, Freshford, Windgap, Graiguenamanagh and Hunterswood have already signed up to the SEAI community network.
Now Transport and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan is encouraging more communities to join the 500 nationwide already making a change.
Speaking on the growth of the sustainable energy community network, Minister Ryan said: “I am delighted that the number of sustainable energy communities in Ireland has doubled in the past two years as citizens join together to reap the benefits of energy efficiency, cleaner air and greater energy independence.
“We are committing as a country to a path to net zero emissions by 2050 and communities working together will be central to our success. I encourage anyone interested to get involved with the SEAI community network.”
Communities who sign up to SEAI’s community network will receive mentoring and funding to help them achieve their sustainable energy ambitions. Many have completed energy upgrades in homes, businesses, and public and community buildings. Others are looking to larger scale renewable sources of energy to benefit their area.
Being a part of the initiative brings a multitude of benefits including local employment, improved air quality, more affordable energy and ultimately energy independence.
For more information, visit https://www.seai.ie/community-energy/sustainable-energy-communities,