New €1.77m project launched to support Western Region’s Renewable Energy Sector
Western Development Commission leading new EU-funded project
The Western Development Commission has successfully applied for funding of €1.77m for a new three-year project to support the renewable energy business sector in the Western Region. ‘Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise’ (GREBE) is an international project which will be led by the Western Development Commission (WDC), and will be co-funded by the EU’s Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Interreg programme. The project was launched at the Twin Trees Hotel in Ballina on Wednesday 24th February by the Chairperson of the Western Development Commission, Mr. Paddy McGuinness.
According to Mr. McGuinness, “Over the next three years renewable energy enterprises from across the region will be able to access a range of new opportunities in business and mentoring support. The wealth of renewable resources in the region means this sector holds great potential for sustainable job creation. GREBE aims to help startup and renewable energy SMEs at different stages in their business to take the next step”
The project will be run by eight organisations in the West of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Norway and Iceland, who will support renewable energy enterprises. It will focus on the challenges of peripheral and arctic regions as places for doing business, and help develop renewable energy business opportunities provided by extreme conditions.
The activities of the GREBE Project were outlined by the project co-ordinator Pauline Leonard, who added that “GREBE will equip SMEs and start-ups with the skills and confidence to overcome these challenges of their location and use place based natural assets for renewable energy to sustainable effect. The renewable energy sector contributes to sustainable regional and rural development and has potential for future growth”.
GREBEs’ project activities have already started. For updates on future opportunities see www.wdc.ie and the GREBE Renewable Energy Blog (www.greberenewableenergyblog.
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