Projects

Wood Purchase Project
Solar Purchase Project
Better Energy Communities

Other Projects

Killorglin Energy Survey Project

Energy Monitors and Moisture Meters

SEAI Sustainable Energy Community

Working with Universities Project

Wood Purchase Project

Kerry Energy Co-op Members with Bulk Wood Order

We offer our members the opportunity to purchase locally produced firewood.

We supply good quality softwood and hardwood in bulk delivery to your home.

The wood fuel is sustainably grown within a 50km radius of Tralee and seasoned (dried) for up to 2 years.

The wood is delivered in 1 tonne bags. Each bag holds roughly 200kg wood.

Seasoned softwood costs €50 a bag delivered (price includes VAT at 13.5 %)

Seasoned hardwood costs €80 a bag delivered (price includes VAT at 13.5 %)

Payment is required at time of order via bank transfer ( details available on request) or by cheque/postal order  in the post. 

Benefits of ordering wood through us
-Locally produced firewood supports local jobs
-Every 1000 tonnes of firewood keeps €250,000 in the local economy
-Whereas the same usage of oil only keeps €15,000 – €20,0000

Click here to order your firewood

woodorders@ksec.ie

Solar Purchase Project

Kerry Energy Co-operative Stall with solar panel display
We are starting a group purchase scheme for solar installations on local homes and businesses. The more members that sign up the greater the discount we can negotiate with suppliers.

At the moment the project has been set up to provide photovoltaic (PV) i.e. electric solar panels but if there is enough interest we could also provide solar thermal i.e. hot water solar collectors as well.

We need at least 10 interested parties to sign up to make the savings cost-effective but of course the more people that sign up the greater the savings will be for everyone .

About Solar:
Sunlight, the fuel that generates the electricity or hot water is free, so once the up front capital cost is made there are no ongoing fuel costs. Which helps to provide energy security.
Solar is typically installed on your roof but it can be set-up as a stand alone installation to the side or rear of a property depending on the space available on the site.

If you would like to learn more about the project and solar, why not come along to one of the information evenings that we are holding around the county. See our events page for details of the next event.

Click here to find out where the next information evening is being held

Click here to download expression of interest form for Solar Purchase Project

Better Energy Communities (BEC)

The Better Energy Communities (BEC) grant scheme is run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to promote and support communities around the country to become more energy efficient, reduce their energy bills, have warmer homes and create more local jobs.

KSEC is currently (2017) working with SE Systems retrofitting a number of private homes and Community/Business Buildings, through the Better Energy Communities Scheme (BEC). Submissions are made annually around February. Successful applicants are notified in April and the work has to be completed by November of that year.. The KSEC submission is open to all members of the Co-Op who wish to retrofit or upgrade their properties with energy saving measures.

We will start developing next year’s proposal in the coming months. If you would like to get involved and or have any particular ideas for a submission please get in touch

Get in touch about being involved in BEC project

Killorglin Energy Survey Project

Part of the vision for KSEC is to encourage the creation of sustainable energy communities in towns and villages throughout Kerry.

In 2016 KSEC was involved in a pilot project to map the energy usage of some community districts in Killorglin. This work was carried out as part of an Intelligence Energy Europe funded project called SmartReFlex. The information gathered was collated and was followed up by holding an information evening in the area about the Better Energy Communities scheme.          A number of householders are currently taking part in this scheme.

Click here to get in touch about the Killorglin Energy Survey Project

Energy Monitors and Moisture Meters

KSEC has made energy monitors and moisture meters available to borrow by the general public from Tralee and Killorglin libraries and through the inter-library service. All you need to borrow them is be a member of the library.

Moisture meters are used to measure the percentage of water in a given substance. It is a simple and effective way to check the moisture content for your firewood. The less moisture that is in your wood, the more efficiently it will burn and there will be less cleaning for your chimney and stove also. It is recommended that it should be below 18% for burning in your stove/fire.

Energy meters can be used to accurately measure the energy consumption of any electrical appliance. You can then identify what appliances are high energy use and make the necessary energy savings by limiting consumption.

Staff and display in Killarney library                          Display of meters in Tralee Library

SEAI Sustainable Energy Community Network

KSEC is a member of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) Network and we are pleased to have been admitted to their mentoring programme. As part of this process we will be developing an Energy Charter followed by a Work Plan and an Energy Master Plan

Click here to learn more about SEC

Information Evenings Autumn 2017

KSEC is holding information evenings in Tralee (sept) Killorglin (oct) Dingle (nov). These will focus on grants available for renewable energy projects for domestic, farm, community and business properties. See news and events page for more details.

Proposed Future Projects

  1. Development of KSEC as an Energy Supply Company (ESCO)
  2. District Heating Systems
  3. Energy Allotments
  4. Collaboration with local businesses/ITT and Kerry County Council
  5. Energy credit collection for energy upgrades

Click here to get in touch is you have any potential project ideas you would like us to get involved with