02 September 2019: Dingle Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Energy Awards which encourage and reward excellence in energy management. Twenty-two organisations across seven categories have made it through to the Gala Awards ceremony on Wednesday, 16 October where winners will be named. The announcement is a recognition of the work and effort Dingle Sustainable Energy Community has put in and underlines our commitment to a sustainable model for the benefit of our environment and our community.

We have carried out significant work by:

  • Completing an Energy Masterplan (EMP) for the Dingle Peninsula
  • Investigating the feasibility of anaerobic digestion for the Peninsula
  • Supporting community participation in the ESB Networks Dingle Project and the StoreNet battery storage project 
  • Activiating the Energy Citizen: building skills and knowledge within the community to support energy efficiency and renewable energy measures that will need to be undertaken to achieve EMP targets

Deirdre de Bhailís, Manager of Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub and Coordinator of Dingle SEC said:

“Dingle SEC is delighted to be recognised for the work it has undertaken to drive the transition to a low carbon society. We have a growing community of people who are aware of the challenges we face and the need to take action now and we are particularly delighted with so much participation from our young people. We are looking forward to enabling everyone on the Peninsula to become involved in initiatives to achieve our EMP targets.” 

Commenting on the competition, Fergus Sharkey, Head of the Public and Private Sector Business in SEAI said:  “Each year the SEAI Energy Awards celebrate the leaders in sustainable energy and energy efficiency. The awards shine a light on their significant achievements in the hope that they will inspire others to take action. All sectors of society have a say in what our energy future will look like and we all have a responsibility to act. The finalists are leading the way in this action and I commend them on their significant achievements.”

Full details on the finalist projects are available from www.seai.ie 
For further information, please contact:
Deirdre de Bhailís
Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub
066-9150140 / 087-2618180

Editor Notes:
About Dingle Sustainable Energy Community

Dingle Sustainable Energy Community (Dingle SEC) was established as part of Mol Teic (CLG), a Community Enterprise Company that operates the Dingle Creativity and Innovation hub, to facilitate the process of transitioning the Dingle Peninsula to a low carbon community. It forms part of Dingle 2030, a broader initiative driving sustainability projects in the areas of energy, transport, agriculture, tourism and the marine. The Energy Masterplan is now complete and a register of opportunities has been identified that will form the next steps on the path towards an energy demand reduction of 40%, with renewables meeting 30% of the remaining demand by 2030. Funding has been secured from Gas Networks Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta for a feasibility study for anaerobic digestion on the Peninsula which is a proven technology that provides a chance to produce clean energy, clean up farming and diversify rural incomes.

About SEAI
SEAI is Ireland’s national energy authority investing in, and delivering, appropriate, effective and sustainable solutions to help Ireland’s transition to a clean energy future. We work with Government, homeowners, businesses and communities to achieve this, through expertise, funding, educational programmes, policy advice, research and the development of new technologies. 

SEAI is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

About the Sustainable Energy Awards
The SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Sixteen years on, the Awards continue to set the benchmark in energy best practice as exciting and innovative sustainable energy solutions and practices emerge.

2019 Finalists in SEAI Energy Awards

CategoryBusiness/Organisation Name
1. Energy Team or Energy Manager of the YearHotel DoolinNUIGMusgrave
2. Large Business – Exemplary energy managementTipperary Cooperative Creamery LtdAbbott IrelandAldi Stores Ireland
3. Small and Medium Business – Exemplary energy managementFlahavansRiordans SuperValu FermoyBocan Community Creche
4. Public Sector – LeadershipNUIGTG4DCUDun Laoghaire Rathdown
5. Sustainable Energy CommunityDingle 2030 – Dingle SECSustainable Tipp KBCDA – SECMulranny SEC
6. Research and InnovationBiowave – Advanced Microwave Thermal HydrolysisDwr Uisce ProjectDelivering more Energy from Renewable Power Plants
7. BuildingsTrinity Business SchoolSt Bricin’s Park Senior Citizens Development-Block 2 Astellas – Changing Tomorrow