The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring TD launched the vision of a Smart Green Mohill with the following plans:
- The Economic Development Plan for Mohill– Supported by Leitrim County Council and Town and Village Funding
- Mohill Sustainable Energy Community – Energy Master Plan – Supported and funded by the SEAI with help from the Contract Research Unit (CRU) in Sligo IT
- Mohill Renewable Energy Feasibility Study – Supported and funded by the Western Development Commission through the Local Energy Communities (LECo) project.
The LECo project is funded through the NPA Programme and is a 3 year, €1.95m project that aims to bring together the combined experience, knowledge and expertise of the project partners and provide conditions for the creation of energy self-sufficient Local Energy Communities. Communities in Lisdoonvarna and Tourmakeady were also supported and all of the feasibility reports can be found at the following link:
Dr Orla Nic Suibhne, LECO Project Officer with the Western Development Commission stated “The role of communities in the low carbon energy transition is changing. They are no longer passive consumers but active prosumers with the possibility of local generation, demand response and energy efficiency measures. Whilst barriers do exist, there are policy measures in the near future that will help to overcome these. For example: The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) which will allow community ownership in large scale renewable electricity generation from 2020 onwards; and the full adoption of the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package in May 2019 by the EU in which the new rules make it easier for individuals to produce, store or sell their own energy, and strengthen consumer rights with more transparency on bills, and greater choice flexibility”.
For more information please contact:
Orla Nic Suibhne|Western Development Commission (WDC)