14 December 2010
– Nine local groups to benefit from Airtricity Community Funds –
14th December 2010: Airtricity is today presenting €122,000 in community funding to groups in the locality of the Coomacheo and Curragh Wind Farms. The presentation ceremony is taking place at 8pm in the Mills Inn Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.
Under Airtricity’s Community Fund Programme, the company makes a financial contribution from each of its 26 wind farms across Ireland to local projects. The fund has taken a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. This year’s Coomacheo/Curragh fund is supporting projects from Ballyvourney, Millstreet, Kilcorney, Coolea, Ballymakeery and Clondrohid as follows:
- Building Energy Rating (BER) for Scoil Ábán Naofa and Scoil Chuil Aodha Barr DInse
- The installation of a well and filtration system for Cólaiste Ghobnatan
- Energy efficient pitch lighting for the Clondrohid Community Recreational Facility and
- Kilcorney Communty Development
- An energy efficient dish washer for Millstreet & District Housing Association
- Roof and wall insulation for Ionad Culturtha, Baile Mhúirne (community arts centre)
- and Clondrohid Community Creche
- Energy efficient lighting display boxes for Millstreet Museum
The BER in Scoil Ábán Naofa revealed the need for big improvements in heat efficiencies. Airtricity has awarded the school a funding package to help pay for a full heating and insulation upgrade. This includes replacement of the existing single glaze windows with double glaze, additional insulation and the replacement of the current inefficient oil boiler with an efficient renewable biomass boiler.
Gearóid Ó’Scanaill, Scoil Ábán Naofa, Ballyvourney, comments:
“This support from the Airtricity Community Fund could not have come at a better time. Following last year’s success in achieving our recycling Green Flag we are now undertaking our energy Green Flag. The pupils and staff are becoming more aware of the importance of reducing our consumption of fossil fuel. The Airtricity funding gives the school a real opportunity to make this happen and most importantly reduce the school’s running costs.”
Mary Feeley, Millstreet & District Housing Association, comments:
“We deliver 100 meals-on-wheels per week, you can imagine the amount of washing up we have to do. Not only will our new energy efficiency dishwasher save us money on energy bills, but it will greatly reduce the time it takes to keep our kitchen clean.”
Anne Reynolds, Airtricity Community Liaison Officer, comments:
“Renewable energy investment not only brings economic benefits to the country as a whole, but also specifically to local communities. With Airtricity’s new focus on energy efficiency we aim to make a real impact on the energy consumption of local community groups. Not only does this reduce energy costs, but it also reduces the CO2 output of the local community.”
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About Coomacheo/Curragh Wind Farm
The Coomacheo/Curragh 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 59.8 MW – enough electricity to power almost 40,000 homes – and all power produced by the wind farm exclusively supplies Ireland’s greenest electricity company Airtricity.
The green energy generated at the Coomacheo/Curragh Wind Farm will help ensure that Ireland meets its national 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 Coomacheo/Curragh Wind Farm contributes a massive reduction in greenhouse emitting CO2 of between 70,000 and 165,000 tonnes each year.
Airtricity is Ireland’s largest independent and fastest-growing energy utility, supplying 400,000 customers with cheaper and greener electricity and with cheaper gas for homes and businesses. Airtricity’s greener electricity supply is powered by SSE with almost 500MW of renewable energy from 26 wind farms across the country – the largest wind generation portfolio in Ireland. Airtricity has been recognised as the leading greener energy supplier in Ireland, winning the Green Energy Award in 2010 for the second year running, and is ranked the Most Reputable Energy Company in Ireland in the 2010 Ireland RepTrak Study.