Saturday, 25 October 2014

Local home energy clusters to create jobs

A scheme expected to generate significant employment across Roscommon over the next six to 12 months was launched this week by Minister Conor Lenihan.

The main focus of the Greenloan Home Energy Savers Scheme is to create employment opportunities in local communities by grouping homeowners to avail of large discounts in upgrading their properties. Five clusters comprising dozens of homeowners have already been created in Roscommon under the scheme, which was originally piloted in County Mayo last year as part of the pilot phase of the SEI Home Energy Saving Scheme (HES). Two clusters are located in Roscommon Town, two in Castlerea and one in Ballymurray.

The 50 million available to the Home Energy Saving Scheme for 2009 is expected to fund in excess of 30,000 home energy upgrades this year alone and generate a large amount of much-needed employment in the current economic circumstances.