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Sustainable Energy Ireland


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Overview of service

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is Ireland’s (SEAI) national sustainable energy authority. It works with businesses, communities, government and homeowners to transform how we think about, generate and use energy.

Specialist energy consultants in the ORS Energy Management Team act as mentors and technical advisors on behalf of SEAI for the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) network in the midlands and east regions.

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The SEC network includes over 300 communities around Ireland that are interested in community energy. Some communities have been influencing local energy use for years, while others are thinking about it for the first time. The network aims to encourage and support a national movement throughout the country. ORS supports almost 10 SECs throughout the network on behalf of SEAI.

The ORS Energy Management Team provides Energy Master Plans (EMPs) and operates as SEC County Mentors. The team also provides training workshops throughout the network in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Project challenges


A key challenge for communities is the implementation of community-led projects. In some cases, the SEC may not have experience or understanding of what is required when working with more significant corporate stakeholders.

For example, ORS supported Mullingar SEC in delivering a community 5MW solar park in Marlinstown on the former landfill site. Securing a grid connection was a primary roadblock for the successful completion of this project.

Using their experience working with large corporate entities and understanding of the grid system in Ireland, the ORS team guided the community through the process. It assisted the SECs with communication and documentation with ESB networks and successfully achieved the grid connection. This was a significant milestone for the project.

Another challenge that can arise with community groups is securing engagement from members of the communities to conduct energy-related upgrades. These can include work for homes and businesses like building fabric upgrades, using renewable energy technology, and upgrading significant energy users to energy-efficient systems.

To overcome this challenge, ORS used its expertise in these areas to present to the community and show the benefits of implementing these upgrades in ways such as cost and comfort levels, as well as the benefits to the environment by reducing usage. The ORS Energy Management Team has extensive knowledge of grants available to homeowners and businesses and has helped and guided these community groups to avail of them.


Key Contacts

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Block A, Marlinstown
Business Park, Mullingar,
Co.Westmeath, Ireland.
N91 W5NN

Pembr, 127 Baggot Street Lower, Baggotrath Dublin, D02 F634

Eyre Square,
H91 HY51

Office 4, Spencer House,
High Road, Letterkenny,
Co. Donegal,
Ireland. F92 PX8N

Republic of Work,
12 S Mall,
Centre, Cork,
T12 RD43

ORS has satellite offices in Newry and Maynooth.

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