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Sustainable energy for the rural village environment (SERVE)
Start date: Nov 1, 2007, End date: Oct 31, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The SERVE project demonstrates sustainable energy use in rural communities. Retrofit work is led by the Local Authority (NTCC) and new build by a not-for-profit co-operative (SPIL). SPIL is selling serviced sites in an Eco-Village to members, who will then build under the control and guidance of SPIL. This 132-home project is already under way. Thus, it will act as a flagship for Concerto from the start, by raising public awareness of RUE/RES. This high-profile project has the strong support of the local community and of NTCC.Under Concerto, NTCC will promote advanced retrofit technology and RES, with the aims of reducing heat demand in a cluster of villages by 40% and doubling RES. Five hundred buildings will be upgraded, in an area housing 0.1% of Ireland's population. This will ensure national impact. Building owners will use diverse RUE/RES technologies, which will maximize replicability. Performance data will be widely disseminated.
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