McFadden welcomes €1.5m investment in community energy projects in Westmeath and Longford

Fine TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed a total investment of €1.5m in a number of community and area energy projects in Westmeath and Longford. The projects are among more than 80 nationwide that have received funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).


County Westmeath along with Roscommon and Offaly are part of an €1,051,211 SEAI investment which involves a range of building types and technologies, dwellings and community buildings. The energy upgrade projects, being led by NCE insulation, include Athlone and Mullingar Fire Stations.


Westmeath is also part of a four county project which will see energy upgrades to three nursing homes and a health care facility. The total investment here is €348,324.


Westmeath County Council along with Longford, Offaly and Laois local authorities are leading a separate project which consists of lighting upgrades to a number of schools in County Longford along with public building and street lighting upgrades across the four local authorities. SEAI has allocated €190,626 to this initiative.


“All of these energy projects will result in substantial improvements and savings in homes, community buildings, local authority premises, and sports facilities across the country.


“Energy retrofitting is really important for Ireland, helping to reduce expensive imports of fossil fuel and providing much needed employment. Estimated savings from the completed projects are €7m per annum and 21,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided per annum.


“The total cost of works supported nationwide is €57m and range from insulation, heating and lighting upgrades in buildings, to public lighting and water schemes.”