The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) are calling for funding proposals towards improving the energy efficiency of buildings at a community and partnership level.
It aims to
- “Support and pilot innovative delivery approaches as a community level”
- “Test new approaches to achieving high quality and efficient delivery of improvements in energy efficiency within Irish communities”
- “Retrofit Ireland’s building stock”
Who can apply?
In general terms any “community”, which may include
- An organisation
- A group of organisations
The project specifically welcomes “innovative and pioneering partnerships”.
It is open for
- Energy Suppliers
- Public sector (including local authorities)
- Community-based organisations
- Private sector (e.g. SMEs)
- Voluntary organisations (this could include business networks or chambers of commerce)
What has it got to do with SMEs?
There are many ways SMEs can be included in this call
- As an organisation on their own
- As part of business network
- If another organisation (e.g. local authority) is applying for the funding, you could get involved.
Why should I apply/get involved?
Besides getting FREE STUFF! there are many advantages to being involved yourself, or through a partnership such as
- Improved energy efficiency of your building
- Reduced energy bills, lowering your business costs
- General benefits of networking with others
- Competitive advantage gained by being more sustainable
- Reducing the risk of carbon taxes in the future
Why are SEAI doing it?
They want to..
- Improve the building stock in Ireland related to energy efficiency
- Find cost-effective solutions by tapping in to local community knowledge
- Leverage from projects already in place
- Stimulate local employment activity
What is eligible?
- Business facilities and equipment
- Retrofits for energy efficiency will be prioritised
- It can include renewable energy elements
It should show good practice in a community concept
These could include
- Insulation improvements
- General efficiency upgrades from boilers, lighting or energy storage
- Integration of renewable energy sources to balance energy demand
- Control system to manage building energy demands
- Activities to track behaviour change and evidence of savings
- Other innovative solutions
The project must be fully completed by the 15th November 2012
What costs does the project fund?
The eligible costs include:
- Purchase of plant, machinery or equipment (listed on the “Tripe E” register)
- VAT associated if it is not reclaimable
Non eligible costs include
- Monitoring costs
- Internal staff costs
- Cost of bringing facilities up the required standards
- Costs incurred before the grant is approved
What do I do next?
Download the application form here and submit it on or before the 14 September 2012.
The funding is not automatically granted if you meet a certain criteria. It is a competitive application and are evaluated based on
- Value for money
- Quality and delivery
Use the provided tools http://www.seai.ie/Your Business/Resources/Technology Assessment Tools/
Check out the full information here or contact
Siobhan Howard in SEAI Siobhan.firstname.lastname@example.org 01 8082086
Paula Butler in SEAI email@example.com 01 8082094
Good article Sinead.
Clear and simple information on the funding.