Airtricity, Ireland’s fastest-growing and greenest energy utility, is today presenting €114,000 in community funding to local groups in the vicinity of the Bindoo, Gartnaneane and Mullananalt wind farms in Co. Cavan and Co. Monaghan. The presentation ceremony is taking place at Kill Community Development Hall, Tullyvin, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, beginning 8pm.
This year, Airtricity is making grant awards to twenty-three community-based projects adjacent to the combined 47 turbines. Under Airtricity’s Community Fund Programme, the company annually makes a financial contribution from each of its 26 wind farms across Ireland to local projects. The funding continues to focus on supporting energy efficiency and sustainability projects.
Airtricity is making individual funding awards to a selection of innovative projects promoted by community groups in the areas around the vicinity of the three wind farms. Projects in areas including Kill, Tullyvin, Canningstown, Stradone, Curbany, Ballyhaise, Lisboduff, Cootehill, Shercock, Bailieborough, Killinkere, Virginia, Mullagh and Castleblayney being funded.
- Solar panel water heating system for Celtic Hurling Club, Kill GAA Club, Drumlin Equestrian Centre in Cootehill and Naomh Mhaodhog National School in East Knockbride, Bailieborough.
- Insulation for Kill Community Development Hall Ltd., Drumartin Orange Hall, Trinity Church, Bailieborough, St. Felim’s National School Bailieborough , Killikere GFC, Kilgarry GAA Club and All Saint’s Parish Church Cootehill.
- Insulation and heaters for Bunnoe Community Enterprise Ltd.
- Upgrade of windows and doors for St. Oliver Plunkett’s Community Pre-School, Castleblayney and Laragh National School, Stradone.
- Insulation and energy efficient lighting for the Virginia Show Society’s Judge Pavilion,
- Energy efficient pitch lighting for Shercock Athletic Club
- Rainwater harvesting system for Drumlin Hounds, Kill
- Pig digester composters for Mullagh Guide Unit and Rainbow Kids Playgroup in Kill
- Energy Efficient bulbs for Bailieborough Resource House and Castletara Camogie Club, Ballyhaise
- Installation of air to water heat pump heating system for Bunnoe Childcare Group
- Installation of outdoor energy efficient lighting for Corick Church Restoration Committee
In addition to Community Fund benefits, investment in renewable energy presents an unparalleled opportunity to act as a leading economic stimulant locally and nationally in terms of construction jobs and materials, professional services and through local income in the form of local authority rates and landowner rental.