Clonergy 2020 Project

What is the objective of Clonergy 2020?

To enable the transition of Clonakilty and the surrounding areas to energy neutrality through renewable energy, in order to support a sustainable economy and quality of life for the community by 2020.

How is the Clonergy 2020 objective to be achieved?

1.    Through understanding how much energy Clonakilty uses.

2.    Conserving as much of that energy as possible.

3.    Identifying local sources of renewable energy that could be utilised, including encouraging people to produce their own renewable energy – solar etc. This project has already been completed as the Renewable Energy Roadmap. Click here to read it.

Wood Gasification plant, Güssing

4.    Encouraging local public/private partnerships to establish small renewable energy power stations close to the town.

Why do this?

•    To give a stable and predictable energy supply to the town at stable prices.

•    To retain money spent on energy in the local economy.

•    To create employment.

•    To encourage eco-tourism.

•    Environmental benefits.

•    Because it has been achieved in Güssing, Austria and we think it could work here too.

What is the Energy Working Group?

The sub-group of Sustainable Clonakilty made up of volunteers who are driving the Clonergy 2020 project.

Güssing resources and uses. Clonakilty also has wind. Slide courtesy of ECRE, Güssing.

Biomass digestor, Güssing