Cork amongst 5 cities chosen for pilot Energy Advice Programme
A brand new Home Energy Upgrade Office kiosk has launched on Grand Parade in Cork City.
The kiosk is part of UP-STAIRS, a pan-European project that aims to create more energy communities by giving people the practical tools and concepts to do so. Cork is one of five cities chosen for this programme, and is being led in Ireland by the International Energy Research Centre.
Dr Padraig Lyons, Head of Group at IERC said:
“We want to bring home-owners, neighbours, and local communities together to form ‘energy communities’. When people work together, they can often get better results at a reduced cost. For instance, if a group of neighbours are interested in getting solar panels on their houses, it would be cheaper for them to come together as an ‘energy community’ for the project, as often the costs, such as hiring a cherry-picker for installation can be spread across the group. Our Implementation Champions will support them through the whole process from advising on grants, to legislation and providing technical information.”
The office kiosk is open from Monday to Friday, and staff are encouraging the public to call in and get expert information and advice to improve their energy efficiency.