Day 9:21 am
Breaking News: Better Energy Workplaces Fund 2012
“The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D., has announced the launch of a capital fund to support sustainable energy investments in 2012 in the public, commercial, industrial and community sectors. This fund, as part of the Better Energy programme, aims to deliver a major increase in the pace, scale and depth of sustainable energy investments in upgrading existing buildings and facilities.”
On its website today, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland announced that applications for funding would be evaluated on a competitive bid basis.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 30 April 2012.
For more information see: http://www.seai.ie/Grants/Better_Energy_Workplaces/
Arkman Consulting believes that all stake-holders in Ireland need to implement strong energy efficiency actions designed to reduce energy intensity and usage:
- Existing commercial and domestic buildings will need to be up-graded to achieve higher energy standards that will generate lifetime energy savings;
- New buildings should be designed with minimum energy use in mind. Renewable energy measures such as solar thermal / heat pumps / biomass boilers / stoves should be considered;
- Existing buildings such as hospitals and hotels could be retro-fitted with solar panels for space and water heating. Photovoltaic (PV) panels, which convert solar energy directly into electricity, are particularly relevant for stand-alone power systems. On a small scale, PV panels can power electric fencing. On a larger scale, they can provide back-up power where grid supplies are unreliable.
We are well-positioned to offer advice and to provide solutions that will optimise energy usage and reduce overall energy spend, and to initiate monitoring and reviewing criteria that will maximise the functionality of systems already in place.
We intend to be at the forefront of the transformation of Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.
Pat Roche on 087 248 4566 or
John O’Callaghan on 087 239 9585