A quarter of a million was spent in Rathdowney this year on lighting, insulation, heating and renewables upgrades.
Many houses and community facilities have received the upgrades as part of a project initiated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The project, which cost €250,000, provided 22 houses in Cuan Bhride with new stoves and insulation.
Scoil Bhride were funded to install solar panels, while St Bernadettes Hall in Errill got new insulation and energy saving light fittings.
New insulation was funded for the exterior of Marian Hall, and the old convent school was installed with energy saving light fittings.
The SEAI provided 50 per cent of the funding, and Dawn Meats, whose Meadow Meats branch is located in Rathdowney, also supported the project by providing 30 percent.
€50,000 was given by the community of Rathdowney itself.
Local councillor John King said that it was a welcomed boost to the town of Rathdowney.
“We are very grateful for this project here in Rathdowney. It’s a welcomed gift, and we do appreciate it,” he told the Leinster Express.
Plans for a youth café are now underway in the old convent school, which already houses a creche and Rathdowney Men’s Shed.
The development will benefit teenagers and young adults between the ages of 12-25.
“We applied to Pobal in 2013 for funding and we got €50,000 for the development.
“Renovation work is hoped to be underway in September, to have the youth cafe open by early 2015,” Mr King said.
The project is under the guidance of youth officers in Laois, Kildare and Offaly.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland was established in 2002.
Its primary role is to transform Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.