About Us

Electric Ireland Superhomes is a One Stop Shop which looks after all the key stages of a home energy retrofit, from retrofit design through to project completion and payment of SEAI grant funding. We engage leading contractors and experienced retrofit specialists to offer you expert guidance through an often complex process. Our aim is to provide homeowners with peace of mind, quality assurance, and, when the retrofit is complete, the best home possible. We believe that the best way to achieve a comfortable, healthy and low-carbon home is through a whole house retrofit powered by a renewable energy heat pump. In a Superhome, insulation, air-tightness, advanced ventilation and an expertly designed heating system work perfectly together to deliver the best possible energy system for your home.

Electric Ireland Superhomes is a joint venture between Tipperary Energy Agency’s Superhomes and Electric Ireland established in 2021 with the aim of dramatically upscaling the Superhomes home retrofit One Stop Shop model that Tipperary Energy Agency has pioneered since 2015. Our ambition is to guide Irish homeowners to warmer, comfortable and more energy efficient homes and support the achievement of Ireland’s climate action targets through a commitment to delivering 35,000 home retrofits by 2030.

Our shareholders:
Tipperary Energy Agency is an independent social enterprise founded in 1998 that focusses on driving the energy transition through the provision of expertise, innovation and strong customer service. With a mission to lead the delivery of sustainable energy solutions in Tipperary and beyond, by advocating, educating and innovating on climate action, their vision is that all communities, businesses and citizens participate in the energy transition and achieve carbon neutrality. Tipperary Energy Agency has been pioneering the One Stop Shop model for home retrofits since 2015 having delivered over 30% of all heat pump led retrofits in Ireland to date.

Electric Ireland is the retail division of ESB (Electricity Supply Board) which was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927. With a holding of 95%, ESB is majority owned by the Irish Government. As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, ESB extracts further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using electricity networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and more. Recognised as Ireland’s leading energy provider, Electric Ireland supplies electricity, gas and energy services to over 1.2 million households and 95,000 businesses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Electric Ireland Superhomes Leadership Team

Stephen O’Connor

Managing Director

Stephen O’Connor is Managing Director at Electric Ireland Superhomes. Stephen has 25 years experience in the Energy & Telecom industries both in the public and private sector, working across Corporate Finance and Public Policy.   A former Director of Corporate Finance at KPMG, Stephen spent two terms at the Department of Environment, Climate & Communications working as Special Adviser to the Secretary General and also as Energy Policy Adviser to The Minister. Most recently, Stephen was Director of Corporate Affairs at SIRO (an ESB-Vodafone joint venture) from 2015 until 2020. He holds a primary degree in Commerce and a Masters in Accounting, both from UCD and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Declan Daly

HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Declan Daly is Head of Engineering at Electric Ireland Superhomes. He has an Honours Degree in Sustainable Energy Technology B.Eng and a Diploma in Construction Management. He manages the retrofit engineering team who carry out energy site audits, procurement of energy projects, designing and sizing M&E. His role also includes contract negotiation, and directing work according to the scheduling methodology for the retrofit program.

Janet Doyle

HEAD OF FINANCE

Janet Doyle is Head of Finance at Electric Ireland Superhomes. She has over 18 years management experience in the private and non-profit sector. Janet has financially managed regional, national and international projects. She holds a primary degree in Business, is a Certified Public Accountant, along with holding qualifications in business coaching, operations management, governance in the charitable sector, and responsible and sustainable finance. Janet has demonstrated a successful history working in the non-profit sector, construction and engineering sectors with a keen interest in social enterprises. Janet is involved in funding applications and business planning, finance, and funding stakeholder engagement.

 

Mike O’Rourke

SENIOR RETROFIT ENGINEER

Mike O’Rourke is Senior Retrofit Engineer at Electric Ireland Superhomes. He has over 28 years of varied experience in building services engineering. The last 15 years of this have been in the renewable energy sector in Ireland with specific experience in design and project management of biomass and solar energy systems in both residential and commercial projects. Mike is involved in surveying, design, procurement, project management and co-ordination of grant funding processes.

David Flannery

HEAD RETROFIT ADVISOR

David Flannery is Head Retrofit Advisor at Electric Ireland Superhomes. A graduate of the University of Limerick, David has 15 years’ experience in home energy retrofitting, low-energy construction and sustainable housing development. David is the main point of contact for Electric Ireland Superhomes applicants and coordinates the retrofit process until the works commence. His role includes initial home assessment, contractor engagement, grant application coordination and providing step-by-step support for successful applicants.

Edel McCarthy

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Edel McCarthy is Chief Marketing Officer at Electric Ireland Superhomes. Edel started her marketing career in a number of Irish start-up organisations before moving to telcoms company Eircom (now eir) before joining Microsoft Ireland as Marketing Manager for their Xbox and Entertainment division. From there she joined ESB and managed a number of strategic communications projects before establishing their Digital Marketing function. Most recently she was Head of Sponsorship & Brand for ESB Group where was responsible for strategic direction, acquisition, negotiation and activation across a diverse sponsorship portfolio, which included the GAA Minor Championships and Darkness Into Light sponsorships.

Karen Davis

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

Karen Davis is Chief People Officer at Electric Ireland Superhomes. She has over 15 years experience across a number of HR functions. Karen started her career in the Hilton Hotel group. Before moving to ESB in 2008 where she worked in the HR team within the ESB International area of the business before. She then moved to the Reward team in 2015, during a time of great change for ESB. A year later Karen progressed to the Talent Acquisition team where she managed the ESB recruitment team overseeing all the internal and external recruitment activities for the business both nationally and internationally during a time of huge growth for ESB, particularly in the UK market. Karen is a graduate of The National College of Ireland.

Superhomes 2030 Project

The Superhomes 2030 project is a European Union Horizon 2020 funded project established to support the dramatic expansion of Tipperary Energy Agency’s original Superhomes service over 3 years. This aims to prepare for an increase in completed retrofits from 100 houses in 2019 to 500 houses in 2023 and implementing up to 10% of all retrofits in Ireland by 2030. When implemented the research and planning through this project will support 13,000 FTE jobs in the construction and retrofitting sector and save 167 kilo tonnes of CO2.

Superhomes 2030 facilitates a Deep Retrofit Community of Practice (CoP) across Europe where leading experts, practitioners and agencies involved in Deep Retrofit share experience, knowledge and competency thus driving the retrofit agenda. Technical solutions using best practice standards are being developed to include new innovations and technical solutions. Opportunities to expand the SuperHomes model outside of Ireland are also being explored, using linkages created through the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) and FEDARENE (European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment).

The project focuses on research and development activities covering:

  • Regional One Stop Shops which engaging high performance contractors.
  • Capacity building and training for surveyors, contractors and technical staff.
  • Attractive finance solutions independent of public finances
  • Optimisation of technical analysis and design systems and solutions.
  • Creation of open source energy performance data platforms which demonstrate the value of undertaking nZEB retrofits to the market.

Superhomes 2030 partners include:

European Union FlagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 890492 (Superhomes2030)

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