Irish towns and villages are to receive €20m (£16.7m) in funding across 38 community energy projects.
Denis Naughten, Communications Minister for Climate Action and Environment, announced the launch of the Better Energy Communities (BEC) scheme which will be run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
This year’s funding will provide energy efficiency upgrades for more than 2,600 homes and almost 300 local facilities.
Total investment in Ireland’s energy efficiency is almost €48m (£40m), supporting more than 700 jobs right across the country.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Naughten said: “I firmly believe that people will become more energy efficient not just because it helps to save the world but because it helps them to save money and makes their homes and businesses warmer, healthier and more comfortable.
“It also reduces the amount of money we spend on imported fossil fuels and instead ensures that this money supports local employment throughout the country.”
Some of the projects in this year’s scheme include upgrading a homeless shelter in Dublin, using wind turbines to power a community water system in Galway and a driver retraining scheme to save fuel credits that can be used in schools.