The final event of the four-year SERVE (Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment) project in North Tipperary will take place from October 1-5 at the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh.

‘SERVE Energy Week’ will feature contributions from national experts on sustainable energy and participants in the project, which has been managed by LIT Tipperary in conjunction with North Tipperary County Council, SPIL and the Tipperary Energy Agency. The five-day initiative also will feature site visits to SERVE projects, including Ireland’s only ecovillage in Cloughjordan.

‘SERVE Energy Week’ will feature contributions from national experts on sustainable energy and participants in the project, which has been managed by LIT Tipperary in conjunction with North Tipperary County Council, SPIL and the Tipperary Energy Agency. The five-day initiative also will feature site visits to SERVE projects, including Ireland’s only ecovillage in Cloughjordan.

Speaking ahead of the event, Project Manager Seamus Hoyne confirmed that SERVE has delivered an investment of €10.5m in sustainable energy in the region. He said the project has resulted in 400 buildings receiving significant energy upgrades, and the development of an eco-village in Cloughjordan that is 100% supplied by renewable heating system and has the largest solar array (506m2) in Ireland.

Mr. Hoyne, who is Acting Head of L.I.T. Tipperary’s Technology, Media and Science Department, said the results of the SERVE project provide ample evidence of the benefits associated with adopting a more proactive approach to embracing sustainable energy policies.

He continued: “Of the 300 homes which completed upgrades, approximately €200,000 was saved in energy consumption. If this level of savings was applied to all Irish homes the total savings would be €1bn per annum. Monitoring of energy consumption of 100 houses has shown some startling results. Electricity wasted by leaving appliances on standby could save €35 per home. If this was applied to all houses in Ireland this would equate to annual energy costs savings of €56m.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.