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EnergyUnion to help with grants

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 8:39am

There’s a new one-stop shop for energy grants and loans on the northside of Cork city.

With the increased focus from Irish householders on increasing the energy rating in their homes, EnergyUnion brings together two northside based community organisations, Gurranabraher Credit Union and NCE (Northside Community Enterprises) Energy-Hub.

Gurranabraher Credit Union is the largest credit union on the northside of Cork city. NCE Energy-Hub is a community-based organisation helping individuals and groups alike to secure funding for projects that help make their homes more energy efficient.

The new service, EnergyUnion will give members access to two types of grants from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Speaking at the recent launch of the new partnership, Philip Hosford, CEO Gurranabraher Credit Union said: “We have seen a huge increase in demand from our members for home improvement loans for retrofit and energy saving updates to their homes. So it made sense to us to provide a one stop shop for the whole process. With Energy-Hub we have found a partner with it roots firmly in the community with a similar community ethos to ours.”

Fr John O’Donovan, Chairperson of the NCE Energy-Hub, said “All people have the right to have energy saving measures installed in their homes. The coming together of these two community-based organisations in energy union is a way of achieving this objective.”

Domestic grants

The Better Energy Homes scheme will help you to upgrade your home, make it warmer and more energy efficient and cheaper to heat while the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme delivers free energy efficiency improvements to the homes of people who are in receipt of certain welfare payments.

Community energy grant

House and business owners can come together as a community to submit one community application to make use of increased grants of up to 50 per cent.

How it works

NCE Energy-Hub are the energy saving experts, and manage the SEAI grant process while Gurranabraher Credit will offer the flexible finance, offering a lower-interest rate loan for the balance, with all the usual credit union benefits.

Applications can be made online at energyunion.ie.

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