Aiming to Create an Energy Independent Region

Where IsOurPlace? Who Are We ?

Ballynagran lies in the heart of County Wicklow the ‘Garden of Ireland ‘and has a wealth of gardens and woodlands such as Deputy’s Pass, Mount Usher Gardens and Kilmacurragh Gardens and Arboreteum within its vicinity.


The Ballynagran Community has embarked on an ambitious and generous project to become an Energy Plus Community within the next fifteen years, focusing on energy consumption in buildings, transportation and food production.


Included within the Ballynagran Community Energy Plus Project are the Townlands that are within 3km of the area and this 'greater' area includes approximately 600 homes. Many of the homes are located in the village of Glenealy on the western edge of the community.


 The overall mission of this project is to dramatically reduce the energy use of this rural community and eventually to create an energy independent region.


The long term objective is to produce locally a surplus of energy from renewable resources in order to create an energy independent community. Hence the logo

Aiming to Create an Energy Independent Region

Where IsOurPlace? Who Are We ?

Ballynagran lies in the heart of County Wicklow the ‘Garden of Ireland ‘and has a wealth of gardens and woodlands such as Deputy’s Pass, Mount Usher Gardens and Kilmacurragh Gardens and Arboreteum within its vicinity.


The Ballynagran Community has embarked on an ambitious and generous project to become an Energy Plus Community within the next fifteen years, focusing on energy consumption in buildings, transportation and food production.


Included within the Ballynagran Community Energy Plus Project are the Townlands that are within 3km of the area and this 'greater' area includes approximately 600 homes. Many of the homes are located in the village of Glenealy on the western edge of the community.


 The overall mission of this project is to dramatically reduce the energy use of this rural community and eventually to create an energy independent region.


The long term objective is to produce locally a surplus of energy from renewable resources in order to create an energy independent community. Hence the logo

Rural Area - Includes approx 600 homes, 1 village, 1 school
These are the Townlands included in the Ballynagran Energy Plus Community

 

Get Involved!

    An area comprising approximately 3500 hectares is included in this project.

Among the townlands are:


Ashtown, Ballinaclogh, Ballinacooley,Ballinameesda Lower, Ballinameesda Upper, Ballinclare, Ballinteskin, Ballydowling, Ballyfree East, Ballygonnell, Ballykeppoge, Ballykillavane, Ballymanus Lower, Ballymerrigan, Ballymoat, Ballymoney, Ballymurrin Lower, Ballymurrin Upper, Ballynabarny, Ballynagran, Ballynerrin Upper, Bonabrocka, Carrigmore, Coolacork, Gormanstown, Hawkstown Lower, Hawkstown Upper, Kilbride, Kilcandra, Kilnamanagh Beg, Kilnamanagh More, Newtown, Roscath.



Aiming to be one of the most Energy Efficient Areas

What we are hoping to achieve with the project

Community benefits

This project is intended to provide stimulus for the Ballynagran energy plus area through the following benefits for the local community.


Environment – establishing an energy plus community to create a more sustainable environment.


Employment – two persons currently unemployed will be hired to carry out much of the energy audits proposed.


Health – Wicklow is a high risk radon region, and the measurement of radon will identify where remedial measures are required.


Educational – a database detailing the energy use of all houses will provide a valuable research resource.


Image and Reputation – and energy plus community will draw both national and international interest to this region.

Rural Area - Includes approx 600 homes, 1 village, 1 school
These are the Townlands included in the Ballynagran Energy Plus Community

 

Get Involved!

    An area comprising approximately 3500 hectares is included in this project.

Among the townlands are:


Ashtown, Ballinaclogh, Ballinacooley,Ballinameesda Lower, Ballinameesda Upper, Ballinclare, Ballinteskin, Ballydowling, Ballyfree East, Ballygonnell, Ballykeppoge, Ballykillavane, Ballymanus Lower, Ballymerrigan, Ballymoat, Ballymoney, Ballymurrin Lower, Ballymurrin Upper, Ballynabarny, Ballynagran, Ballynerrin Upper, Bonabrocka, Carrigmore, Coolacork, Gormanstown, Hawkstown Lower, Hawkstown Upper, Kilbride, Kilcandra, Kilnamanagh Beg, Kilnamanagh More, Newtown, Roscath.



Aiming to be one of the most Energy Efficient Areas

What we are hoping to achieve with the project

Community benefits

This project is intended to provide stimulus for the Ballynagran energy plus area through the following benefits for the local community.


Environment – establishing an energy plus community to create a more sustainable environment.


Employment – two persons currently unemployed will be hired to carry out much of the energy audits proposed.


Health – Wicklow is a high risk radon region, and the measurement of radon will identify where remedial measures are required.


Educational – a database detailing the energy use of all houses will provide a valuable research resource.


Image and Reputation – and energy plus community will draw both national and international interest to this region.

Once condemned, now part of Heritage Tourism

Community WindFarm - An Option

 

Feasibilty study completed.

Potential for wind farm identified.

Potential Locations examined

Ideal location identified

Comprehensive public consultation will take place

Economic implications of big or small to be examined

Comparison with alternative renewable energy sources to be outlined

Actual long-term return to community to be detailed

Approaching Zero Carbon use in a Holistic Way
On Saturday Mornings from 10.am during Spring, Summer and Autumn

Food Group - Farmers Market

Established in March 2011 at the Beehive

Operated in line with the country market model

Open during Spring, Summer and Autumn on Saturday Mornings

Centre of the Ballynagran Energy Plus Community District

Hub for social interaction and trade in the community

A venue for local people to engage in entrepreneurship and commerce

Developing local business and trade

Facilitates micro producers the option of selling their produce on a commission basis

Amenity for the people of Wicklow

An ideal location to showcase local artisan producers

Plans to offer local schools the opportunity to sell produce at the market

Transition year students business module studies - real experience

Benefits the community

 

The most fundamental element of Zero CO2e Living

Could the local community possibly benefit from Wicklow's most abundant resource ?

Community Forest

an interesting proposition because:

 

Dovetails with other Ballynagran Energy⁺ Projects

Long-term community economic development.

Community economic participation

Local employment

Sharing of materials & machinery

Local-level decision making

 

Educational spin-off

Benefits the community

A Wonderful Example of Energy Efficiency in our Community

Passive House

Tomas O'Leary, a local resident, is one of main architects of the Ballynagran Energy Plus Community.

 

Tomas's home was the first certified Passive House built in the English Speaking World

 

Tomas has produced many instructional videos on energy conservation and on 21st century building technology and practices

 

Cutting Edge European Research in the Garden of Ireland

Our European and Local Partners

Interreg This project could not have got off the ground without the assistance European Regional Development Funding - Interreg IVD North West Europe .

The link to the InterReg website is here InterReg IVB North-West Europe

 

Zecos is the name of the overall European Project in which Ballynagran, along with 7 other NW Europe Communities, is participating. Zecos stands for a Zero CO2e Emission Certification System and the Ballynagran Project is a vital part of the research in developing this Emission Certification System.

We have assembled some information about InterReg and the Zecos Project - see this link Our Partners
The link to the Zecos website is here Zecos Website


Wicklow County Council is the leading local authority in Ireland with regard to Environmental Awareness, Education and Research and their Community, Culture and Social Development Department has been particularly helpful to this project.

They have also administered additional funding through Ballynagran Environmental Community Projects and Works Grant Scheme (BECWGS).

Some additional information about the BECWGS can be accessed here. Ballynagran Grants

And the link to the Wicklow County Council website is here Wicklow County Council

The Future of this Local Funding Source is very much in doubt

How local funding has helped this Project.

Funding has been secured from Wicklow County Council in association with Greenstar Ballynagran Landfill Community Fund for the first phase of the project.


This involves completing an energy audit of every participating home in the study area, retrofitting the local primary school with Passive House Standard materials and an environmental educational programme.


The first year's effort will provide a very sound basis for subsequent phases which will see the upgrading of homes and business to significantly reduce their energy consumption.


Such works could be done by a Retrofitting Cooperative, owned and operated by the local community, providing sustainable "Green Collar" employment.


Studies into the possibility of establishing a Community Forest, a Community Allotment Scheme and a Community Wind Farm are about to begin.


The feasibility of establishing community electric-car-charging points and expanding the current walking trails are also being explored.

Once condemned, now part of Heritage Tourism

Community WindFarm - An Option

 

Feasibilty study completed.

Potential for wind farm identified.

Potential Locations examined

Ideal location identified

Comprehensive public consultation will take place

Economic implications of big or small to be examined

Comparison with alternative renewable energy sources to be outlined

Actual long-term return to community to be detailed

Education and Innovation to Improve our Environment and make OurPlace a better place

Wicklow County Campus

Immediately adjacent to the Ballynagran Energy Plus community

 

to be a centre of Excellence for renewable energy technology and design

 

Read Wicklow County Council's Strategy for the Campus

 

Download Wicklow County Council's Exec-Summary- Vision for the Campus

Wicklow County Council aims to develop Wicklow County Campus as a Centre of Excellence in Enterprise, Education and Innovation in County Wicklow.

The Council's objective is that that the campus acts as a catalyst for Economic Development in the County.

The Council is committed to placing :

renewable energy technologies and sustainable design at its core with a parallel emphasis on Passive House construction and zero energy building.
Can  You Influence How this Project is Implemented?

How to get involved

If you wish to participate in the project and avail of the free energy audit, radon test, light bulbs and other community benefits, please contact us through our website


Ballynagran Energy Plus


or just click Join Your Community.


If you are already a member of this online community Join or Create a Group that interests you at Join or Create a Group

Approaching Zero Carbon use in a Holistic Way
On Saturday Mornings from 10.am during Spring, Summer and Autumn

Food Group - Farmers Market

Established in March 2011 at the Beehive

Operated in line with the country market model

Open during Spring, Summer and Autumn on Saturday Mornings

Centre of the Ballynagran Energy Plus Community District

Hub for social interaction and trade in the community

A venue for local people to engage in entrepreneurship and commerce

Developing local business and trade

Facilitates micro producers the option of selling their produce on a commission basis

Amenity for the people of Wicklow

An ideal location to showcase local artisan producers

Plans to offer local schools the opportunity to sell produce at the market

Transition year students business module studies - real experience

Benefits the community

 

The most fundamental element of Zero CO2e Living

Could the local community possibly benefit from Wicklow's most abundant resource ?

Community Forest

an interesting proposition because:

 

Dovetails with other Ballynagran Energy⁺ Projects

Long-term community economic development.

Community economic participation

Local employment

Sharing of materials & machinery

Local-level decision making

 

Educational spin-off

Benefits the community

A Wonderful Example of Energy Efficiency in our Community

Passive House

Tomas O'Leary, a local resident, is one of main architects of the Ballynagran Energy Plus Community.

 

Tomas's home was the first certified Passive House built in the English Speaking World

 

Tomas has produced many instructional videos on energy conservation and on 21st century building technology and practices

 

Cutting Edge European Research in the Garden of Ireland

Our European and Local Partners

Interreg This project could not have got off the ground without the assistance European Regional Development Funding - Interreg IVD North West Europe .

The link to the InterReg website is here InterReg IVB North-West Europe

 

Zecos is the name of the overall European Project in which Ballynagran, along with 7 other NW Europe Communities, is participating. Zecos stands for a Zero CO2e Emission Certification System and the Ballynagran Project is a vital part of the research in developing this Emission Certification System.

We have assembled some information about InterReg and the Zecos Project - see this link Our Partners
The link to the Zecos website is here Zecos Website


Wicklow County Council is the leading local authority in Ireland with regard to Environmental Awareness, Education and Research and their Community, Culture and Social Development Department has been particularly helpful to this project.

They have also administered additional funding through Ballynagran Environmental Community Projects and Works Grant Scheme (BECWGS).

Some additional information about the BECWGS can be accessed here. Ballynagran Grants

And the link to the Wicklow County Council website is here Wicklow County Council

The Future of this Local Funding Source is very much in doubt

How local funding has helped this Project.

Funding has been secured from Wicklow County Council in association with Greenstar Ballynagran Landfill Community Fund for the first phase of the project.


This involves completing an energy audit of every participating home in the study area, retrofitting the local primary school with Passive House Standard materials and an environmental educational programme.


The first year's effort will provide a very sound basis for subsequent phases which will see the upgrading of homes and business to significantly reduce their energy consumption.


Such works could be done by a Retrofitting Cooperative, owned and operated by the local community, providing sustainable "Green Collar" employment.


Studies into the possibility of establishing a Community Forest, a Community Allotment Scheme and a Community Wind Farm are about to begin.


The feasibility of establishing community electric-car-charging points and expanding the current walking trails are also being explored.

Education and Innovation to Improve our Environment and make OurPlace a better place

Wicklow County Campus

Immediately adjacent to the Ballynagran Energy Plus community

 

to be a centre of Excellence for renewable energy technology and design

 

Read Wicklow County Council's Strategy for the Campus

 

Download Wicklow County Council's Exec-Summary- Vision for the Campus

Wicklow County Council aims to develop Wicklow County Campus as a Centre of Excellence in Enterprise, Education and Innovation in County Wicklow.

The Council's objective is that that the campus acts as a catalyst for Economic Development in the County.

The Council is committed to placing :

renewable energy technologies and sustainable design at its core with a parallel emphasis on Passive House construction and zero energy building.
Can  You Influence How this Project is Implemented?

How to get involved

If you wish to participate in the project and avail of the free energy audit, radon test, light bulbs and other community benefits, please contact us through our website


Ballynagran Energy Plus


or just click Join Your Community.


If you are already a member of this online community Join or Create a Group that interests you at Join or Create a Group

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