Closing date for applications for GREBEs Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme is extended to 1st December

The closing date for applications to GREBEs Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme in Ireland has been extended to Friday 1st December 2017.   

GREBE will work with small to medium renewable energy businesses throughout the Western Region to provide support to facilitate their growth through specialised mentoring.

The Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme will commission mentors with the appropriate expertise to be assigned to work with businesses to address identified area(s) where help is needed, in order to deliver a bespoke support package.

Applications are welcomed from all small to medium renewable energy businesses, based in the Western Region (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway & Clare).   Participating businesses will be matched with an appropriate mentor to meet their business needs, based on areas of specialism and scoring.

An Expression of Interest application form may be downloaded from the GREBE website here or requested by email from

Completed applications must be returned to GREBE Project, Western Development Commission, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, or alternatively via email: not later than 12.00 Noon on Friday 1st December 2017.

This project is funded by the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme.   For further information on the GREBE Project, please visit our website

WDC to recruit project administrators for EU funded renewable energy projects


GREBEs lead partner the Western Development Commission, wishes to recruit project administrators to work on two renewable energy projects.

The ‘Regional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as Resources for Circular products and economic Transformation’ (RE-DIRECT) Project is an EU co-funded (North West Europe Programme) project to promote the efficient use of natural resources and materials by converting residual biomass into carbon products and activated carbon at smart regional decentralised units.

Details of this role can be found on the website, and further information on the project itself can be found on the website or download the REDIRECT_Factsheet

The ‘Community based energy solutions for remote areas’ (LECo) Project is an EU co-funded (Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme) project that will support the development of local energy communities. Details of this role can be found on the website  and further information on the project is available on the LECo_Factsheet

Details of both roles can be found on the Western Development Commission website

Deadline for receipt of applications is 17.00, Tuesday 5 December 2017.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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GREBE participates in Galway Chamber’s Energy Conference


The GREBE Project participated in Galway Chamber’s energy conference in the Galway Bay Hotel on Friday 12th May 2017.  As part of the panel on the International Perspective, Pauline Leonard (GREBE Project Co-ordinator) stressed the benefits of renewable energy for the social and economic development of peripheral regions and the benefits of working with international partners in terms of technology and knowledge transfer. Other participants on the international panel included Chris Stark (Scottish Government Director of Energy and Climate Change), Denise Massey (MD of Energy Innovation Centre UK), Alex White (Energy Policy Group Chair at the Institute of International & European Affairs and former Minster for Energy) and Jim Mulcair (Chairman of Roadbridge).

The conference was organised by Galway Chamber of Commerce and its president Conor O’Dowd expects to see 30% more people living in Galway by 2050. Minister of State for Natural Resources Seán Kyne TD, outlined the Government’s position on the energy sector and stressed how important this sector is to the region.  The leader of the Green Party, Eamon Ryan highlighted the need for a zero carbon society by 2050

The conference was sponsored by Coillte and SSE, and James O’Hara of SSE stated that the development of Galway Wind Park will herald a huge increase in renewable electricity generation in the West of Ireland.  It will involve 69 turbines, powering up to 84,000 homes and effectively replacing 190,000 tonnes of carbon generated electricity each year.  The wind park near Moycullen will become Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm to date and will assist Galway in achieving the status of a net exporter of renewable energy.

Brian Sheridan of the Galway Harbour Company and John Breslin of SmartBay outlined the potential for marine energy in the region, with discussions about offshore wind and the generation of wave and tidal power.

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).