MORE than €1.2m has been allocated to Donegal for the retrofitting of social housing following an announcement this morning.
The government funding has been made available under the Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme and includes an initial allocation of over €1.2m for the retrofitting of 45 homes in the county. The balance of funding (€10m) nationally will then be allocated to Local Authorities who demonstrate an ability to complete additional work and spend their full allocation in 2021.
The Programme for Government (PfG) commits to retrofitting 500,000 homes nationally to a B2/Cost Optimal Equivalent BER standard by 2030. It is expected that approximately 36,500 of those with be local authority owned homes.
Welcoming the announcement Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue said, “The 2021 Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme is a newly revised programme designed around the Programme for Government commitment with an important increase in funding support nationally of €65m, €20m of which has been allocated under the midlands retrofit programme.
“This revised programme will see a significant upscaling – from a ‘shallow’ to ‘deeper retrofit’ – on what has been completed by local authorities in previous years and will target 2,400 social homes nationally in total for upgrade works in 2021. For Donegal, the allocation of over €1.2m is much welcomed funding which will retrofit 45 homes in Donegal.”