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IRI April 13, 2012 0 Comments

The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D., announced on the 14th March, the launch of a capital fund of €7.5M to support sustainable energy investments in 2012 in the public, commercial, industrial and community sectors.

This fund aims to deliver a major increase in the pace, scale and depth of sustainable energy investments in upgrading existing buildings and facilities.

The fund is now open but the deadline is extremely tight – the final date for receipt of applications by SEAI is Monday 30th April 2012. All successful applicants to the scheme will be informed in June 2012 with works to be completed by 15th of November 2012.

Those who attended Declan Meally’s presentation as part of the IRI seminar programme at FM Ireland 2012 received a sneak preview of the new call for applications under the Better Energy Workplace Scheme 2012. He emphasised that the scheme was oversubscribed in 2011 and they expect it to be highly competitive in 2012.

Full details of the scheme are given on the SEAI website. Visitors to the site will find the following:

  • A full list of projects supported by SEAI under Better Energy Workplaces 2011.
  • A series of videos of presentations given by SEAI representatives at workshops arranged to launch the grant scheme. Likely to be of particular interest to our members is the presentation given by Ian Leslie of Green Isle Foods (see below). He talks enthusiastically about the incredible payback achieved by Green Isle Foods through the use of Heat Recovery from Refrigeration and the installation of variable speed drives.
  • A copy of the main slides from the workshops above.
  • A guide to “Energy Performance Contacts and Guarantees”. This guide discusses the incorporation of energy performance guarantees into service contracts in order to transfer some of the energy savings risk from the customer to the supplier. It identifies a range of such service contract models and examines the use of energy savings to pay down the cost of energy efficiency investments, in some cases using external finance. Apparently, this is a “draft document issued for consultation. Final date for submission of comments is the 10th of April 2012”.

SEAI – Energy Workplaces Briefing – Ian Leslie, Green Isle Foods from SEAI on Vimeo.