The project has triggered an investment of €8.5m in sustainable energy actions in North Tipperary. 400 buildings have been upgraded, 500 individual renewable energy heating systems installed, 50 Eco Buildings constructed, 2 district heating systems and 2MW of biomass heating systems installed.
District heating Rural energy
SERVE Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment
Supported under the EU Concerto programme which was funded by the EU Commission under the Framework 6 programme (FP6), SERVE was a 5-year project focusing on RUE/RES in rural areas. The project targeted a Region housing 0.1% of Ireland’s population, to ensure national impact.
Concretely, the project implemented the following activities :
The project also aimed to show-case the installation of a small number of micro-wind turbines at particular locations in the region, along with researching how the area’s future electricity needs can be met from renewable sources.
The project officially started in November 2007 and provided grant support (for the refurbishment of existing houses, building of new houses in the Eco-village, installation of RES installations, etc.) over a three year period. The impact of the project was then monitored and assessed for two years.
The SERVE consortium, led by Limerick Institute, teamed local actors with EU experts to facilitate technology transfer and ensure best practice. Emphasis was put on replicability, both at national (Irish) and European levels, notably thanks to the research collated during the five years of the project, which will allow any lessons learned to be used by other communities in Europe. Also, building owners will use a diverse mix of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, which will maximize replicability.