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    Better Energy Communities Programme 2018 Delivering Energy Efficiency to Communities

    Call for Proposals

    Application Guidelines

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    Table of Contents Table of Contents .................................................................................................................................... 2

    PREFACE .................................................................................................................................................. 5

    1 OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................................ 6

    1.1 About SEAI ............................................................................................................................... 6

    1.2 The Better Energy Communities programme ......................................................................... 6

    1.3 The Sustainable Energy Communities network ...................................................................... 7

    1.4 Eligible projects ....................................................................................................................... 7

    1.5 Evaluation ............................................................................................................................... 8

    1.6 Funding levels ....................................................................................................................... 12

    1.7 Eligible energy upgrades ....................................................................................................... 13

    1.8 Eligible costs .......................................................................................................................... 14

    1.9 Ineligible costs ....................................................................................................................... 15

    2 PLANNING YOUR PROJECT ............................................................................................................ 16

    2.1. Project structure ................................................................................................................... 16

    2.2 Community approach ........................................................................................................... 16

    2.3 Traditional buildings and protected structures .................................................................... 16

    2.4 Key roles ................................................................................................................................ 16

    Lead Applicant ............................................................................................................................... 16

    Project Coordinator....................................................................................................................... 16

    Partnerships .................................................................................................................................. 17

    Beneficiary .................................................................................................................................... 17

    Participating energy supplier ........................................................................................................ 17

    3 FINANCING and PROJECT DELIVERY SOLUTIONS ............................................................................... 19

    3.1 Minimum Financing Requirements ............................................................................................. 19

    3.2 Sustainable finance ............................................................................................................... 19

    3.3 Specific Financing Options .................................................................................................... 19

    3.4 Financing balance .................................................................................................................. 19

    3.5 Participating energy suppliers (PES) ..................................................................................... 19

    3.6 Energy Contracting ................................................................................................................ 20

    4 PROJECT COMPONENTS ..................................................................................................................... 21

    4.1 Residential projects ............................................................................................................... 21

    Rental properties .......................................................................................................................... 21

    Local Authority homes .................................................................................................................. 21

    Energy poverty .............................................................................................................................. 21

    Special requirements for residential projects ............................................................................... 22

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    Deep Retrofit Upgrade Packages ............................................................................................... 23

    4.2 Non-residential projects ....................................................................................................... 24

    Public sector non-residential projects .......................................................................................... 24

    Commercial organisations ............................................................................................................ 24

    Voluntary and community-based organisations ........................................................................... 24

    Special requirements for non-residential projects ....................................................................... 24

    5 APPLICATION PROCESS ...................................................................................................................... 26

    5.1 Before applying ..................................................................................................................... 26

    5.2 How to apply ......................................................................................................................... 26

    5.3 Application timeline .............................................................................................................. 26

    5.4 Checklist ................................................................................................................................ 27

    Technical documents .................................................................................................................... 27

    Financial documents ..................................................................................................................... 28

    6 GRANT PAYMENTS ............................................................................................................................. 28

    6.1 Validating the offer ............................................................................................................... 28

    6.2 During the project ................................................................................................................. 29

    Project Milestones ........................................................................................................................ 29

    Workshops .................................................................................................................................... 29

    Inspections .................................................................................................................................... 29

    6.3 Payment procedure .............................................................................................................. 30

    Project management costs ........................................................................................................... 31

    Non-domestic Design Fees ............................................................................................................ 31

    6.4 Important notes .................................................................................................................... 31

    Interim payments .......................................................................................................................... 31

    Payment revocation ...................................................................................................................... 32

    Inspection of Projects ................................................................................................................... 32

    Triple E register ............................................................................................................................. 32

    Accelerated Capital Allowance ..................................................................................................... 33

    6.5 Assessment and reporting .................................................................................................... 35

    Calculating savings ........................................................................................................................ 35

    Sustainable energy ........................................................................................................................ 35

    Energy credits................................................................................