GREBE E-Zine is launched !


GREBE has launched an e-zine to showcase the activities and ongoing goals of the project.

The first issue of the GREBE E-zine provides an overview of the projects aims and objectives and how the GREBE project will support renewable energy start-ups and SMEs in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region.   This issue places a spotlight on the international launch of the project, which took place in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland in February 2016.

GREBE Project Launch2

We will look at each of the project partners, Western Development Commission (ROI), Action Renewables (NI), Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (NI), Environmental Research Institute (SCO), LUKE (FI), Karelia University of Applied Sciences (FI), Narvik Science Park (NOR) and Innovation Center Iceland (ICE), the renewable energy sector in their region and activities in the project.

GREBE Partners


To read the GREBE E-Zine issue 1, click here

Presentations from the GREBE Project Launch & Renewable Energy Seminar

Q&A session

In Ballina last month Mr. Paddy McGuinness, Chairperson of the Western Development Commission officially launched the GREBE project and renewable energy seminar.  The launch and seminar provided us with great opportunities to share experiences of renewable energy development in the project area, and meet with some of the renewable energy entrepreneurs in the Western Region.

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”.

Pauline Leonard, GREBE Project Co-ordinator with the Western Development Commission welcomed the attendees and outlined the details of the GREBE project, how it was developed and the work which will be carried out over the three years.

Pauline Leonard, WDC

Pauline Leonard, WDC & GREBE Project Coordinator – ‘About the GREBE Project’

Michael Doran of Action Renewables in Northern Ireland, outlined renewable energy policy and funding mechanisms and how the GREBE project will progress this area.

Michael Doran, Action Renewables

Michael Doran Action Renewables – ‘Renewable Energy Policy & Funding Mechanisms’

Peter Wide of Narvik Science Park and Arna Lara Jonsdottir of Innovation Center Iceland discussed the influence of environment conditions and climatic challenges which the partner regions face.


Arna Lara Jonsdottir, ICI – ‘The Influence of Environmental Conditions’

Peter Wide, Narvik Science Park – ‘The Influence of Environmental Conditions’

Neil James of the Environmental Research Institute in Scotland presented linking renewable energy technology and resources in the partner regions.

Neil James, ERI

Neil James, ERI – ‘Linking Renewable Energy Technologies & Resources’

Lasse Okkonen of Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Una Porteous of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council presented details on renewable energy opportunities and business development support which will be available through the GREBE project.

Lasse Okkonen, Karelia UAS – ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities & Business Development Support’

Una Porteous, FODC – ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities & Business Development Support’

Lauri Sikanen from the Natural Resources Institute (LUKE) in Finland, presented details on the renewable energy sector in Finland and the benefits of knowledge and technology transfer and sharing.

Lauri Sikanen, LUKE

Lauri Sikanen, LUKE – ‘Knowledge & Technology Transfer & Business Delivery’

GREBE Partners travel to the West of Ireland


The GREBE project partners will hold their second partner meeting in Enniscrone in Co. Sligo, Republic of Ireland, this week.  We have a busy schedule planned with the Western Development Commission (, have been working to co-ordinate the programme to fit in as much as possible.


On Tuesday, we will hold our project meeting in the Diamond Coast Hotel  Then on Wednesday we have a packed day, with our official project launch and renewable energy seminar in the Twin Trees Hotel in Ballina, Co. Mayo Here is the programme for the launch and seminar.   GREBE Project Launch Invitation – 24th Feb. 2016  Then in the afternoon, we’ll continue our project meeting at the Diamond Coast Hotel, with the project dinner that evening.


Thursday will be another busy day as we leave Enniscrone at 08.00am and go west for Belmullet to meet with Udaras na Gaeltacha who have kindly organised site visits for us.  Margaret Tallott with give the GREBE partners an update of the work they carried out as part of the ‘GREAT Project’  We will then travel to Each Leim UnaG Enterprise Centre to see a demonstration of a microgrid working (11kW PV, 5-40kWh energy storage battery system, 3x SETS, BMS to allow remote access and monitoring), before traveling to the AMETS wave energy test location and proposed substation location.


We will then travel to a community golf course to see a 7kW PV array that charges 10 electric golf buggies, and then to the Irish Wheelchair Association and proceed to Teach Greannai for lunch and to see the Meals on Wheels electric van and 7kW roof mounted PV array.  In the afternoon, we travel to Bangor Hall to see an energy efficiency upgrade (new boiler, heating controls, internal dry lining, attic insulation, window replacement, energy efficient lighting), and Bangor School (extensive retrofit including replacement boiler and heating system, cavity and joist level insulation, external door replacement).

GREBE International Project Launch & Renewable Energy Seminar – Save The Date

The Western Development Commission are holding the launch of the GREBE project and information and networking seminar for renewable energy businesses.


This will take place at the Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland – Wednesday 24th February, 2016 from 9.30 – 14.00 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers in the discussion forum and informally during the seminar lunch. There shall be presentations outlining the work of GREBE in the partner regions, these will include

  • Renewable Energy Policy and Funding Mechanisms
  • The Influence of Environmental Conditions and Challenges for Renewable Energy Business
  • Linking Renewable Energy Technology and Resources in the Northern Periphery & Arctic Partner Regions
  • Business Models and Business Development Support for Renewable Energy Business
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Business Delivery of Renewable Energy

Register your interest in attending via email to or by phone to the WDC offices at +353 94 986 1881.  Closing date for registration is Wednesday 17th February 2016.  While this event is free of charge, registration is required. Further information and a full schedule for the event will be forwarded in the coming weeks.

For further information on the GREBE project, please contact Pauline Leonard ( or

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