Energy saving plan to create 200 jobs

by Gazette Reporter
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An upgrade to public lighting in Fingal is set to encourage job creation and facilitate energy savings in the local area.

Over 20,000 public lights throughout Fingal will be upgraded as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2013, in order to improve energy efficiency and create local jobs.
Fingal County Council is one of three local authorities in Ireland that have been chosen to participate in what is a €30 million public lighting upgrade. The upgrade will create 200 jobs in the three local authority areas and will reduce overall energy costs.
The announcement was made by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte last week. He revealed the first tranche of energy saving measures to be supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), as part of the Action Plan for Jobs.
The upgrade scheme was welcomed by local Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) who said that as a result of the scheme, 20,500 public lights in the area will be upgraded, and many of the jobs will be created locally.
“Fingal County Council has been selected as an organisation that will lead the way to achieving this success and as a result the north county will benefit from a more efficient public lighting system and reduced costs for our local authority,” he said.
The upgrade to public lighting will be part of an overall investment of €55 million by the Department in energy saving measures. Other projects will involve food sector companies where energy efficiency measures will reduce their manufacturing costs. “This is part of the overall Action Plan for Jobs to reduce costs for businesses and improve our competitiveness,” added Deputy Farrell.
Speaking at the launch last week in DCU, both Minister Rabbitte and SEAI chief executive Brian Motherway highlighted the opportunity that energy efficiency presents to business. Referring to companies who use awareness of energy efficiency as a business opportunity, Motherway said: “These organisations are leading the way because they know the economic and job gains are there for the taking. Their work will create jobs and reduce energy bills,” he said.

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