€26 million in grant funding has been approved for 44 community energy projects across Ireland with many of them in Kerry.
The projects were successful in their applications under this year’s round of the Better Energy Communities (BEC) scheme administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland on behalf of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae is welcoming the announcement.
Minister Denis Naughten made the announcement and said that this year’s funding will provide for energy efficiency upgrades to more than 2,013 homes, of which 1,510 are energy poor, and a further 479 community, public and commercial facilities.
The projects include a wide range of upgrades to fabric (insulation), heating systems, lighting and solar heating.
The total investment in energy efficiency is almost €67 million, supporting more than 1,000 jobs in the construction sector right across the country.
Among the many projects to receive grant funding in Kerry are Siamsa Tire Community Theatre, Killorglin Community Care Centre, and Killorglin Family Resource Centre,
The Dingle Library, Castleisland Fire Station, Ballybunion Library, St. Stephen and John’s Church and Heritage Building as well as Holy Cross Priory and The Dark Sky Reserve in Ballinskelligs are all to benefit from the grants.
A full list of successful projects are available from the department website.