Check out our SEC events and news archive from 2020 & 2021.
May 2021: 7 NEW SECS JOINED THE NETWORK
May was another great month for Sustainable Energy Communities joining the network. This month we welcomed:
- John Scottus School Campus
- Arklow SEC
- Balbriggan SEC
- St. John of God Housing Association
- Oblates of Mary Immaculate
- Rush Tidy Towns
MAY 2021: FINGAL SEC INFORMATION WEBINAR
In May 2021, we were delighted to host a webinar about the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme in the Fingal area, in collaboration with Fingal County Council (FCC). This event gave an overview of the SEC programme in Fingal and FCC's involvement in it, as well as sharing the ongoing journey of Portmarnock SEC from their perspective, and explaining the development of their Energy Master Plan. You can view the recording of this online session below.
APRIL 2021: 8 NEW SECS JOINED THE NETWORK
In April 2021, we were delighted to welcome 8 new SECs to the network. These were:
- Marino Residents' Association
- Stoneybatter SEC
- Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann
- Baldoyle Tidy Towns
- Ballinclea Heights Residents' Association
- Cabra SEC
- Lusk Community Council
APRIL 29: SEC INFORMATION EVENT FOR ELECTED MEMBERS
We were delighted to host an information session about the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme for all elected representatives from Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Meath, South Dublin and Wicklow. This event gave an overview of the SEC programme and the involvement of local authorities in the region, while highlighting an inspiring case study from Ringsend-Irishtown SEC. You can view the recording of this online session below.
APRIL 22: MARINO SEC INFORMATION EVENT
Are you living in the Marino area and looking for ways for making your neighbourhood more sustainable and energy efficient?
This webinar is hosted by your local Dublin City SEC mentor Ger Doherty and will talk you through how you can join your local Sustainable Energy Community in Marino and the many benefits of doing so, including:
- Lower energy bills
- Make homes and local buildings more comfortable and energy efficient
- Boost local employment
- Building energy knowledge within the community
- Making your community a leader in sustainable energy
- Share experience with other communities all around the country
- Attend local and national SEC events
- Assigned experienced mentor to help you move through the programme
- Positively contribute to climate action at a local level
To register, click here.
MARCH: 4 NEW SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COMMUNITIES SIGNED UP
We were delighted to welcome 4 new Sustainable Energy Communities to the ever-growing network in the Dublin and Mid-East Region. A very warm welcome to:
- Bettystown Tidy Towns
- Sustainable Travel Group Ireland Ltd
- Gowran Hall Management Company
- An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre
MARCH 24TH: Raheny Sustianable Energy Community Information Event
Join the growing network of Sustainable Energy Communities that are saving energy, saving money and reducing their carbon footprint.
Are you living in the Raheny area and looking for ways for making your neighbourhood more sustainable and energy efficient?
This webinar takes place on Wednesday, 24th March at 7.30pm and is hosted by local Dublin City SEC mentor Ger Doherty. It will cover the steps you can take to form a Sustainable Energy Community in Raheny and the many benefits of doing so.
To register, click here.
MARCH 23RD: MAYNOOTH SEC DOMESTIC SOLAR WEBINAR
Join Maynooth Sustainable Energy Community to learn all about Solar PV and how it can benefit homeowners, including:
- What is Solar PV?
- What role could Solar PV play in meeting your energy needs?
- What are the costs and grants available?
- What is the installation process?
- What are the environmental impacts?
Register to attend this free event here.
MARCH 11TH: Dundrum 2030 SDG Webinar
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown mentor Gavin Harte will present the Sustainable Energy Communities programme at the Dundrum 2030 SDG webinar on Thursday, 11th March from 7.30-9.30pm.
Further details on this event are available here.
MARCH 1ST: RISE-C Case Study
Ringsend/Irishtown Sustainable Energy Community (RISE-Community) have been doing very impressive work in their locality since forming in 2017. You can read all about their projects, the results they have achieved so far and their plans going forward in their Case Study here.
FEBRUARY 24TH: Meath PPN SEC Webinar
On 24th February, Meath PPN together with local mentor Philip McCormack will host an online event on the Sustainable Energy Communities programme to explain how Meath County Council partners with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and communities to ensure that communities’ current and future energy needs in terms of electricity, heat and transport consumption are met.
The event will show how by becoming a Sustainable Energy Community, you can:
- Understand how communities can organise and work together for change
- Examine energy use and costs
- Find ways to improve energy use efficiencies
- Identify savings and improve comfort with energy efficiency
- Develop energy saving systems for homes and facilities
- Develop retrofit projects to make homes and community facilities energy efficient
- Promote energy awareness and show how change can be achieved
- Explore community renewable energy systems
- Drive local actions in support of national climate change targets
TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE
FEBRUARY 16th: How to join the SEC network in South Dublin?
Are you interested in joining the SEC network?
Are you based in South Dublin?
This is the webinar for you.
On February 16th, Sustineo, the South Dublin County mentors will host an information webinar explaining how Sustainable Energy Communities can help South Dublin County citizens identify sustainable energy solutions in our homes, schools, businesses and communities.
You will learn:
- How to join the SEC network (Sustineo)
- The opportunities and benefits of joining (Knocklyon SEC)
- The supports available from South Dublin Local Authority (SDCC representative)
- Creating an Energy Master Plan tailored to your community’s needs (consultant)
Register NOW! Link to sign up here.
JANUARY 28th: Seven new Sustainable Energy Communities joined our network this month!
We welcomed a record seven new communities to the SEC network this month. Despite all of the challenges we are facing, there are still communities dedicated to driving the change. A warm welcome to:
- Focus Ireland SEC
- Killester Community SEC
- Maynooth GAA Development Committee
- Clondalkin Energy Group SEC
- Ballinabrackey GAA
- Louth East Meath SEC
- Techies Against Climate Change
JANUARY 10th: Over 100 Sustainable Energy Communities in our network!
We have reached a significant milestone with over 100 Sustainable Energy Communities now a part of our network, with new SECs joining every month!
Congratulations to all SECs for taking the step towards community energy. Watch this space over the coming months for updates from the SECs on their progress through the three step process.
DECEMBER 10th: Save Energy At Home & In Your Community
- Are you interested in learning how to save energy this Winter, especially when working from home?
- Would you like to know more about SEAI's Sustainable Energy Community Programme and how you can get involved?
- Would you like to hear more about our Home Energy Saving Kits that are available to borrow for free from libraries across Ireland?
Then this is the event for you.
If you couldn't attend on the night, fear not, you can re-watch the recording below!
As the regional co-ordinator for the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) network in the Dublin Mid-East Region, we will be hosted an online event on December 10th sharing top tips and case studies to get everyone saving energy this winter.
DECEMBER 9th: We hosted a webinar for current Sustainable Energy Communities
See below, for the agenda and recording of the webinar.
Best-practice governance in my Sustainable Energy Community- Maximising resources and efficiency in my SEC committee
- Stuart Garland, Training & Programmes Manager from Volunteer Ireland.
Stuart will be joined us to share advice on how to effectively manage time and resources when it comes to your SEC.
Promoting my SEC
- Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Communications Manager from Dublin's Energy Agency Codema.
Suzanne shared best-practice tips for effectively promoting your SEC to a wider network.
Learning from each other- Case studies from Sustainable Energy Communities
- Brian Murphy, St. John Bosco Youth Centre CLG
- Peter Hamilton, Maynooth Town SEC
We invited two Sustainable Energy Communities to share their experience of the "Plan" stage within the three-step process. They shared their main challenges, successes and lessons learned.
Credit Unions & Sustainable Energy Communities
NOVEMBER 26th: We welcomed 5 Sustainable Energy Communities in October & November!
A very warm welcome to the five new Sustainable Energy Communities that joined the growing network in the Dublin Mid-east region. We look forward to seeing their progress over the next few months.
- Enniskerry SEC
- Skerries SEC Initiative
- Kilcock 4 Climate Action
- Mount Eustace Residents Association
- Greenview Community Garden, Finglas
NOVEMBER 17th: A great turn out for the Wicklow Sustainable Energy Communities Webinar!
On November 17th, Gavin Harte and Wicklow SEC Mentor, Simon Whelan introduced the SEC programme to interested communities in the Wicklow region.
Gavin and Simon were also joined by Breege Kilkenny and Jim Callery from Wicklow County Council, Finian McEvoy from Laragh/Glendalough SEC and Alex Hamilton, Senior Energy Engineer from 3cea.
OCTOBER 2nd: We welcomed 5 Sustainable Energy Communities in September!
September was a fantastic month for SEC sign ups with five new communities joining the network. We were delighted to welcome:
- Ashbourne Tidy Towns
- Carbon Neutral County
- Capital Credit Union Dún Laoghaire Rathdown
- Kilmainhamwood Area Development Association
- Kilcoole Community Development Association
We will be sharing updates from all of these groups as they progress through the "Learn, Plan, Do" steps of the SEC programme.
SEPTEMBER 28th: We launced our Sustainable Energy Community Newsletter
Our very first edition of our Sustainable Energy Community Newsletter was packed with updates on upcoming events, relevant news stories and resources to help you promote your SEC.
If you have news to share with our team feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to our newsletter here.
SEPTEMBER 18th: DLR County Council to support local neighbourhoods in creating Sustainable Energy Communities
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will be supporting local neighbourhoods in establishing or strengthening Sustainable Energy Communities within the County.
To find out more you can listen to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown SEC mentor Gavin Harte speaking with Dublin South FM here.