About this good practice
The Energy Master Plan has been developed at the initiative of the Inishowen Sustainable Energy Comunity (SEC) with the engagement of a broad cross section of the community for planning, supporting and delivery of the EMP.
The Inishowen SEC is the result of a collaboration between lead partner Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), Inishowen Co-Op, Donegal County Council, and a diverse range of stakeholders across the Inishowen community. It was established with a common focus on sustainability and a vision to change the energy landscape in the region.
The objective of the EMP:
1. Quantify the current energy consumption of Inishowen SEC
3. Carry out Energy Audits of domestic and non-domestic buildings.
4. Identify where electric car (eCars) charger points needs to be and costings.
5. Identify potential energy reductions or alternative energy options.
6. Identify Key Project Partners for project delivery and funding options.
The EMP is a clear roadmap on the essential steps towards sustainable energy – for residential/non-residential purposes and for production and supply of own energy needs through solar PV, wind and biomass opportunities. The facts and figures make the case for capital grants to upgrade existing housing and commercial stock as well as opportunities to explore transport sustainability, renewable energy sources, community power models, and to highlight what a community can do to change behaviour and increase the understanding of climate action.
The costs for the development of the Energy Master Plan: maximum 20,000 EUR
There has been an active engagement with the community before the development of the EMP in respect of renewable electricity generation including, tidal/coastal, solar and wind energy farming
Evidence of success
The Energy Master Plan was one main step for the Inishowen to be selected as a pilot area by Donegal County Council to develop a community ‘Decarbonisation Zone’, an area identified by a local authority, in which a range of climate mitigation measures can co-exist to address local low carbon energy, greenhouse gas emissions and climate needs.
Potential for learning or transfer
The potential for learning stands in the outcomes of the Energy Master Plan for the Inishowen Sustainable Energy Community, more precisely, it provided:
- a comprehensive overview of energy consumption and energy generation on the Inishowen Peninsula.
- a Central platform for Inishowen’s progression towards sustainable energy.
-a source for applying for capital grants to upgrade existing housing and commercial building stock.