Better Energy Communities - Area Based - launch 2014

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Information about Better Energy Communities - Area Based - launch 2014

Published on February 19, 2014

Author: SustainableEnergyAut



Presentation on the launch of the 2014 Better Energy Communities - Area Based Programme

Area Based Programme

• • • • About the Programme Application & Evaluation Process Project Examples Scheme Statistics

About the Programme

A Strategy for Affordable Energy in Ireland Area Based Programme: Warmer Homes – A Strategy for Affordable Energy in Ireland, November 2011 Includes 48 actions that will be implemented over the life of the strategy including: – Achieving economies of scale and harnessing community effort by the introduction of an area-based approach to mitigating energy poverty

Key Objectives • Provide for an open, transparent and competitive selection process • Improve the thermal efficiency of homes at risk from energy poverty • Deliver a cost effective approach to low-income housing retrofit in mixed ownership homes • Apply a partnership approach which allows the development of innovative and cost effective delivery • Encourage the implementation of deeper and more technically/ economically challenging measures • Stimulate employment activity through sustainable energy upgrading projects

Funding and Measures • Support Available – Grant Support – Energy Credits • Typical Measures include: – Insulation (Roof/Wall/Floor) – Windows/ Door Upgrades – Solar Thermal/ Solid Fuel Room Heater / Boiler / Controls – Lighting (CFL/LED) Call is open to Participating Energy Suppliers, CBOs, Private Sector, Voluntary organisations, LA

2014 Plan • Draft Application Form ready • Launch 18th of February • Energy Show Workshops – 13th March • Additional workshop in April - subject to demand • Applications accepted up to noon 30th April • All work completed by the 31st October • Payments complete by end of 2014

Programme Outline Maximum Funding Levels Home Ownership Energy poor Non energy poor, unoccupied, Voids Private, Housing Association, Charitable Ownership Up to 100% LA Owned Up to 55% Up to 30% Up to 30% Evaluation Criteria Marks 1 Level of Energy Poverty, Depth of Energy Poverty, Area Based Approach, Partnership, Innovation, Replication Potential 30 2 Demonstrated Robustness of Project, Capacity, Ability to Deliver, Approach to Quality Assurance, Management Team Proposed, Risk Assessment, Project Planning 30 (15 Min.) 3 Cost of Project 40

Application & Evaluation

Application Form 5 Sections • Section A – Administration • Section B – Area Based Approach • Section C – Energy Savings (Credits) • Section D – Project Costs, VAT, Finance • Section E – Robustness of Project • Appendix 1-Energy Supplier Marks 30 } 40 30

Section B-Area Based Approach • • • • • • Level of Energy Poverty Depth of Energy Poverty Area Based Approach Partnership Innovation Replication Potential Section B= 30 Marks

Section C-Energy Savings (Credits) Total number of energy credits attributed to the project • All residential energy credits are listed in Appendix 2 of the Application Guide • This is the core project metric • Essential that this is correctly calculated • Pre check calculation with KSN BEFORE submitting application • Support is available from KSN

Section D – Project Costs, VAT, Finance Value for money will be evaluated based on the following criteria: • Co-funding provided to project • Cent per kWh project delivered • Cent per kWh SEAI grant requested Section C and Section D= 40 Marks

Section E-Robustness of Project • • • • • • • Demonstrated Robustness of Project Capacity Ability to Deliver Approach to Quality Assurance, Management Team Proposed, Risk Assessment, Project Planning Section E= 30 Marks

Energy Poor Verification Energy Poor Home if evidence of: •Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme •Job Seekers Allowance for over six months •Family Income Support 1.Ensure eligibility check before installation 2.Maintain evidence for submission with claim

Project Examples

Aran Islands • 54 homes of which 75% are energy poor • Grant of €473,860 (85%) • Measures include cavity wall, attic, internal and external insulation, stoves, oil fired boilers, windows, doors, solar panels • Homes will be upgraded from G/F ratings to C ratings • 10 year plan to make the Aran Islands carbon neutral • Installer training provided to Islanders • Potential to extend to 500 homes

NABCO • • • • National Assoc. of Building Co-operatives (5,000 homes) Grant of €623,184 (70%) 77 homes of which 70% are energy poor Measures include attic Insulation, cavity wall insulation, doors, windows, high efficiency gas boilers, remote access heating controls, CFLs • Trial Pay as You Save project with 50% of homeowner verified energy savings to be recouped by NABCO • Two years energy monitoring

2014 Suggestion- Oil Clubs Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that include setting up of an oil club. An Oil Club typically has the following characteristics: • Group purchasing power • Ability to get smaller deliveries at bulk rate • Each homeowner pays supplier directly • Offered to all homes in area – not too big an area • Targeted approach to supporting the inclusion of Energy Poor homes

Scheme Statistics

Summary Of Programme Metrics Area Based 2012 Pilot 2013 Number of Applications 50 66 Number of project funded 27 37 Grant Value Requested (€M) 9.0 14.5 Total Investment in projects (€M) 6.9 10.5 Grants Offered (€M) 4.4 7.5 Total grants paid (€M) 4.1 6.9 SEAI Contribution 59% 66% Total Estimated Energy Savings (GWh) 12.3 19.1 Number of Homes 1,933 2,877

Grants Per Home 2012 2013 Change Average Credits/Home 5,200 6,647 +28% Average Spend/Home €3,568 €3,635 +2% Average Grant/Home €2,113 €2,402 +14% Cost per kWh – total delivered €0.69 €0.55 -20% Cost per kWh – grant paid €0.41 €0.36 -11% % Funding 59% 66% +12%

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