Mullingar Sustainable Energy Community Meeting 2nd July

Mullingar Chamber in conjunction with Claire Cable SEC Mentor, ORS held a meeting on 2nd July in regards to setting up a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) in Mullingar.

What is an SEC?

A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is a community that works together to develop a sustainable energy system.

To do so, they aim to;

• be energy-efficient

• use renewable energy

• consider smart energy solutions

An SEC can include a range of different energy users in the community such as homes, sports clubs, community centres, churches and businesses. In this way, an SEC connects sustainable energy, local economic development and public wellbeing.

Why become an SEC?

There are many benefits to becoming an SEC, including to:

• Achieve financial and energy savings

• Enhance comfort and health from energy efficient buildings

• Boost local employment

• Support community development

• Build capacity and access funding

By forming an SEC in Mullingar, we will be able to access a range of supports from SEAI for energy projects. An integrated community approach will make it possible to deliver much more than is possible at an individual level. SECs also contribute to national energy targets and reduce society’s environmental impact. At a global level, low carbon and renewable energy sources support the need to address climate change by reducing our global emissions.

As part of the meeting the group started working on a Community Charter, which is a one page overview of the visions and goals for our community.

We are now looking for more businesses, community groups and individuals to get involved and join Mullingar’s SEC. If you are interested in getting involved or would like further information please email c.cable@ors.ie or info@mullingarchamber.ie.

For more information you can also download the SEC handbook:

https://www.seai.ie/resources/publications/Sustainable%20Energy%20Communities%20Handbook.pdf

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