A group of Edenderry residents have come together to look into ways of
providing heat and hot water to the Villagein a sustainable and
affordable way, in a world of rising temperatures, energy prices and the
phase-out of fossil fuels. We are setting up a co-operative Community
Benefit Society to develop and run a community energy scheme in the
Village. We are working with NI Community Energy, another co-op, on a
feasibility study for a community heating system in the village. This
would take heat from the river or underground and supply it to homes
using heat pumps.
We have a grant from the National Lottery to do this and the work is
being done by a company called GeoServ with ourselves and NI Community
Energy. We will have a lot of engagement with the Village over the next
Our aim is an affordable, sustainable heating system for Edenderry,
owned by the residents of Edenderry. Separate from the community heating
scheme feasibility study, the co-op will also be able to look at things
like electric vehicle charging, solar panels, and other energy projects.
The Department for the Economy are interested and we hope that they will
support us as a pilot project for the new NI Energy Strategy.
The first stage of the process is gathering information on energy demand
in the Village. We have created a short survey (QR ink below) to find
out about energy use in the different types of home in the village,
asking about how much oil or gas is used in a year. All answers are
anonymous and we aren’t asking for addresses. If you could fill this out
it would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in getting involved, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org No technical expertise is required –
just enthusiasm. What we need most at the moment are people who are
happy/able to help with websites, social media and PR etc.
Rónán Davison-Kernan, St Ellens Tower, Edenderry
Please note that while ERA is supportive of a greener more sustainable future this is not an ERA scheme.