solar-energy-1Manorhamilton is the focus on 24th June as we turn our attention to the potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency to give communities better quality of life, generate revenue and create jobs. Taking Manorhamilton as our target, GEAI members and volunteers, together with a local high-level steering group, is looking at how the community can take ownership of their energy future and benefit from a low-carbon economy. “The Manorhamilton community has clearly stated that it does not want fracking under any circumstances. There is an alternative vision – one of clean energy sources and uses that generate local jobs and local revenue; create warmer and healthier homes, and in addition, fight climate change,” said Aedín McLoughlin, GEAI spokesperson. An event is being organised in Manorhamilton on 23rd June that will give local people and others interested an opportunity to look at the possibilities and raise enthusiasm for a prosperous low-carbon future. It will include demonstrations of possible renewable energy sources, discussions on the potential for the town, case studies from other areas and descriptions of ways in which the community can benefit from their own energy resources. More details later.