New €20m energy scheme for schools

 

A new €20 million energy-saving scheme will make schools warmer and cut energy bills, it was announced today.

Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe announced today that he was making grants available to improve roof and cavity wall insulation levels in school buildings across the State.

The scheme, which is being run with Sustainable Energy Ireland, will allow schools to apply for funding on a once-off basis.

“Schools can now apply to the Department of Education for 100 per cent grant-aid to carry out energy-efficient works over the quiet summer months,” he said.

The new programme is separate to the Summer Works Scheme announced last week, he said.

“These measures will make buildings more comfortable, cut energy costs and contribute to the government’s national targets of reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” said Mr O’Keeffe.

“The scheme is significant when you consider that about 73% of a school’s energy consumption is on heating and hot water, with the remainder on lighting and other small-power appliances.

“The work, which won’t require a consultant, will be specific and straightforward and should be completed over a few days.”

The scheme will target older school buildings which are less energy-efficient.