Wicklow Tidy Towns Sustainable Energy Community hosting Energy Awareness Day

Wicklow Tidy Towns Sustainable Energy Community is hosting an Energy Awareness Day.

Taking place on Saturday 18th June in the Pastoral Centre Wicklow from 11am to 4pm. Attending will be:

  • 16 electric vehicles from 10 dealerships
  • A range of electric bicycles
  • Installers of solar panels, air to heat pumps and electric car chargers
  • Suppliers of LED bulbs, eco-friendly paints, ultra-quiet electric lawnmowers and other electric powered garden equipment
  • Launch of the Energy Master Plan for Wicklow
  • Technical advice from a one-stop shop on appropriate measures that can be taken to reduce emissions
  • Advice on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on available grants
  • Information on the proposed Codling Wind Park off the Wicklow Coast
  • Fun activities such as a smoothie bike where you can make your own refreshing drink without a plug and an electric game to test hand eye coordination
  • Face painting and energy awareness activities for children

Entry is free and there will be a competition for a free Building Energy Rating survey.

Andrew Lawless of Wicklow Tidy Towns said that studies are coming out weekly that countries are running out of time to take action to combat Climate Change.

Here in Ireland, the SEAI has reported that Ireland’s emissions rose in 2021 by 6.3% when they were targeted to reduce by 4.8%. While significant progress has been made on generating electrical energy from renewables, 86% of the overall energy used in the country still came from non-renewable fossil fuel sources.

“Transport alone currently generates well over 50% of harmful emissions, especially on short journeys,” said Mr Lawless. “On the positive side, Wicklow has the first solar farm in Ireland and representatives of the proposed Codling Wind Park off the Wicklow coast will be attending the Awareness Day.

“The promoters of the Arklow Bank Wind Park are sponsoring the Round Ireland Yacht Race. Over the next few years more and more ‘home grown’ energy will keep more money in our pockets and in our country. Switching to electric vehicles will result in cleaner air and quieter streets.”

He continued: “The latest solar, heat pump and LED technology will show that virtually any building in the area can be adapted to make our homes, work and play areas more comfortable, run our electric vehicles and export surplus power to the national grid.

“An appetite to take action has been identified as one of the major barriers to tackling the issue of climate change. Appetite from individuals, appetite from businesses, appetite from industries and appetite from government. Different sectors are lobbying heavily to be exempted from some of the necessary measures. The Energy Awareness Day aims to bring some of the possible solutions direct to the public.

“Wicklow Tidy Towns has gained huge support from the people of Wicklow in recent years and the organisation is there to help those who wish to take action.”

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