12 September 2019
By Bryan Smyth
With the increased focus from Irish householders on increasing the energy rating in their homes, Gurranabraher Credit Union recently announced a major new partnership with the largest community-based installers of energy-saving measures in Cork, NCE Energy-Hub, under the brand EnergyUnion.
EnergyUnion brings together 2 northside based Community organisations, Gurranabraher Credit Union & NCE (Northside Community Enterprises) Energy-Hub. Gurranabraher Credit Union is the largest Credit Union on the northside of Cork City. NCE Energy-Hub is a community-based organisation helping individuals and groups alike to secure funding for projects that help make their homes more energy-efficient.
The new service, EnergyUnion will give members access to 2 types of grants from the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland)
- Domestic Grants
Better Energy Homes
* This scheme will help you to upgrade your home, make it warmer and more energy-efficient and cheaper to heat.Better Energy Warmer Homes
* This nationwide scheme delivers free energy efficiency improvements to the homes of people who are in receipt of certain welfare payments
- Community Grants
Community Energy Grant
* House & Business Owners can come together as a community to submit 1 community application to make use of increased grants of up to 50%
Here’s how it works: Energy-Hub are the energy-saving experts, and manage the SEAI Grant Process. Gurranabraher Credit will offer the flexible finance, offering a lower-interest-rate loan for the balance, with all the usual Credit Union benefits.
Applications can be made online at www.energyunion.ie. Speaking at the recent launch of the new partnership, Philip Hosford – CEO Gurranabraher Credit Union said “We have seen a huge increase in demand from our members for Home Improvement Loans for retrofit and Energy Saving updates to their homes. So it made sense to us to provide a one-stop shop for the whole process. With Energy-Hub we have found a partner with it roots firmly in the community with a similar community ethos to ours”
Fr John O’Donovan – Chairperson of the NCE Energy-Hub, speaking at the same event said “All people have the right to have energy-saving measures installed in their homes. The coming together of these two community-based organisations in Energy Union is a way of achieving this objective.”