The next 6-week session of Dingle Coder Dojo will start on Friday, 5th October at 3:00pm in its new home at the Dingle Hub. This is a great way for kids to start coding or expand on what they already know! Register now on www.dingledojo.com and see the advert in this issue for further details. There will also be a MegaDojo in IT Tralee on the 13th October and more information on this can be found at www.megadojo.ie

ESB Networks are working on a project called StoreNet which aims to reduce energy costs for residents, relieve pressure on the grid during peak times and contribute to our transition to a low carbon society. There are opportunities for 20 homeowners in the Ballyferriter and surrounding areas to get involved and avail of home energy storage devices that can be programmed to store energy at times of lower tariffs and then utilised in the home during the day when tariffs are higher. Five of these homes will also receive Solar PV. Participants must be homeowners and Electric Ireland customers. There is also an opportunity for certified electricians to install the batteries for this project and for the broader ESB Networks Dingle Project in the future. Contact info@dinglehub.com for further information on how to get involved.

We’re busy preparing for the Farmer’s Forum during the Dingle Food Festival where we would like to share the information we have been gathering recently in relation to o Sustainable Agriculture and Energy opportunities. With the possibility of selling, through a licensed smart microgrid operator, to local customers, we think a community scale generation project involving anaerobic digestion (AD), combined heat and power (CHP) biogas, biofuel and solar PV has the potential to provide an economically viable path to energy independence. We met the Gas Networks Ireland team at the International Energy Agency Symposium last week and they will sponsor the event and share their vision for how bioenergy and biofuel can drive the move towards a low carbon society. They see this new energy source as having the potential to reduce our emissions, increase our energy independence and create a new source of jobs and income for rural communities and Irish farms. Claremorris and Western District Energy Co-op will bring along their mobile AD demonstrator to show us this technology in action. The Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will also outline the different funding opportunities and supports that are available for energy efficiency and renewable energy at home, on farms and within the community. With talks also from the Marine and Renewable Energy Institute, Teagasc and Thomas O’Connor of Manna Organic Store the event is shaping up to provide much food for thought so we hope to see you all there!

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