Airtricity is today presenting over £8,000 in community funding to groups in the locality of the Bessy Bell Wind Farm. The presentation ceremony is taking place at 1pm in the Mellon Country Inn, 134 Beltany Rd, Co. Tyrone.
Under Airtricity’s Community Fund Program, the company makes a financial contribution from each of its wind farms to local projects. The fund takes a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. This year’s Bessy Bell fund is supporting projects from Castlederg, Dunmullan, Plumbridge, Gillygooley as follows:
- Wall and roof insulation for the Drumclamph Parish Church Hall and the Dunmullan Rural Community Association
- Upgrade of existing single glaze windows to more efficient double and triple glaze windows for the Eden Youth and Community Association and the Gillygooley Youth & Community Development Association
David Walker, Drumclamph Parish Church, comments:
“The funding from Airtricity could not have come at a better time. We are working on energy efficiency improvements for our hall with the aim to reduce our oil consumption by 50%. This will result in significant savings in our heating costs along with a more comfortable environment for our community.”
Andrew Scott, Gillygooley Youth & Community Development, comments:
“Over the last 5 years the association has embarked on an energy efficiency programme. The last area to be addressed is our main hall. The Airtricity funding will now allow us to replace the existing single glazed wooden windows which are decaying and draughty losing valuable heat nightly.”
Anne Reynolds, Airtricity Community Liaison Officer, comments:
“There were some very strong applications in the area of Bessy Bell. All successful applicants were awarded funding for energy efficiency projects. We hope to make significant sustainable improvements to our communities. Projects such as those supported within Bessy Bell will provide a reduction in local CO2 emissions and most importantly lower energy costs.”
“The Airtricity Community Fund is paid out every year for the lifetime of the wind farm. We look forward to future applications for the Bessy Bell community fund and hope to learn about more innovative ways to reduce energy consumption.”
The Bessy Bell Wind Farm is operated by Airtricity’s parent company SSE, the broadest-based energy utility in Ireland and the UK. The wind farm has a generation capacity of 14MW – enough electricity to power approximately 9,000 homes – and all power produced by the wind farm exclusively supplies Airtricity customers.
The green energy generated at the Bessy Bell Wind Farm will help ensure that Northern Ireland meets its targets of 40% renewables by 2020 and the EU’s mandatory 20% reduction in carbon emissions. As well as contributing to Airtricity’s greener electricity supply, the renewable energy produced at the Bessy Bell Wind Farm contributes a massive reduction in greenhouse emitting CO2 of between 16,000 and 32,000 tonnes each year.