Heat Works was set up in 2020 as Ireland’s first not-for-profit energy utility. It is fully owned and operated by South Dublin County Council.
Heat Works intends to be an exemplar heat network business in Ireland, delivering economic, environmental, and social benefits for residents and businesses. It will become a prominent part of the county’s identity, supporting the local and national climate action plans by reducing its carbon footprint and helping make South Dublin a better place to live, work and visit.
Initially, its work will centre on the Tallaght District Heating Scheme, which has just gone live, and will be the first local authority-owned heat utility in Ireland.
The network will utilise waste-heat from a recently completed data centre and will supply the County Hall complex, Technical University of Dublin Tallaght campus, upcoming Innovation Centre and Affordable Apartment schemes. Design, construction, and subsequent operations are contracted with Fortum, a Finnish multi-national energy-supply company.
Phase 2 and expansion of the scheme to include other heat sources and further customers in Tallaght is currently in the planning stages.