Better Energy Communities Grant


Louth County Council looks to partner with local organisations on new energy efficiency project for 2017

Louth County Council is calling on local community groups, sports facilities, private businesses and public sector organisations with advanced proposals for energy efficiency upgrade projects in 2017 to contact it, with a view to partnering on a funding application to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Some €30 million of funding will be available under the SEAI’s 2017 Better Energy Communities scheme, which is now open.

Funding of close to €1million was secured for the “Louth Smart Energy” project under the 2016 scheme, which was lodged by Louth County Council and Casala of Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Commenting, Barry Woods, Executive Engineer with Louth County Council, said: “

“The competition for funding was extremely competitive and we were delighted to have been awarded €900,000 of grant aid. The Louth projects funded under the 2016 scheme have now been completed and have provided individual and community benefits, offering energy savings of some €240,000 and providing significant expenditure  in the local economy 

Projects funded under the Better Energy Communities Project for 2016 were:

  • Kingspan in conjunction with Louth County Council Housing Department, Blackrock Tidy Towns and Bord Gais Energy: Energy efficiency works in some 220 local authority homes (a significant portion of which were fuel poor homes) and a number of private homes in Blackrock. Works included cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, boiler and heating controls upgrades,  and final BER certification.


  • Louth County Council: Replacement of corridor lighting with LED lights in Millennium Building in Dundalk replacement of car park lighting, uplighting and internal display lighting , all with LEDs at Millmount in Drogheda.


  • Health Service Executive: Upgrade of  Primary Care Centre in Clogherhead, including  wall insulation, loft insulation, new condensing boiler and heating controls upgrade, and LED lights.


  • Office of Public Works and Retrofit Energy Ireland Limited: Draught-proofing and new insulation to existing Social Welfare and Revenue Building in Dundalk; replacing existing windows, providing external wall insulation, and upgrading heaters at Clogherhead Garda Station; two new high efficiency boilers with upgraded controls at Drogheda Social Welfare Office; new internal wall and floor insulation at Carlingford Garda Station;external wall insulation upgrade at Hackballscross Garda Station.


  • De La Salle Secondary School, Dundalk : Wall, loft and internal ceiling insulation, replacement of existing windows in gym building.


  • Dundalk Credit Union: Insulation upgrade to walls and floors, replacement of lighting to new LED.


  • Parish of Blackrock and Haggardstown: Boiler and heating controls upgrade, lighting upgrade at St Oliver's Church, Blackrock, replacing existing doors, door frames and windows at St Fursey's Church Haggardstown.


Mr Woods added: “This is a great scheme for Louth as not only does it provide direct energy efficiency benefits to those funded, but it also benefits the wider community in terms of additional spend. We are now looking to partner with interested groups for the 2017 scheme. We would ask local community groups, sports facilities, private businesses and public sector organisations that have developed or partially developed energy efficiency proposal to take a look the grant scheme requirements when they are released in early January and to get in touch with us if they think the grant scheme could make the difference in realising their own energy efficiency plans.”

Interested organisations can visit for further information.

 Or Contact: Barry Woods, Acting Senior Executive Engineer, Louth County Council, Tel: 042-9324247.


  • Casala, the Centre for Affective Software for Ambient Living Awareness, is a research centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Its primary focus is working with Irish industry to achieve product innovation, business competitiveness and market leadership in the ambient assisted living sector.

  • Fuel Poor Homes: Homes are considered to be at risk of energy poverty if the owner / tenant is in receipt of one of the following: Fuel Allowance, as part of the National Fuel Scheme; Job Seekers Allowance for more than six months, and has children under seven years of age; Family Income Supplement.