16 December 2010
Airtricity, Ireland’s fastest-growing and greenest energy utility, is today presenting €12,000 in community funding to local groups in the vicinity of Coomatallin wind farm. The presentation ceremony is taking place at 1pm in the Dunmanway Rugby Football Club, Milleenanannig, Dunmanway, 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 Coomatallin fund is supporting projects from Dunmanway, Castletown-Kenneigh and Reenascreena as follows:
- Solar water heating system for the Dunmanway Rugby Football Club
- Small scale wind turbine for the Castletown-Kenneigh Coppeen Community Association
- A pig digester (used for accelerated composting) for the Drinagh National School
- Double glazed windows and attic insulation for the Reenascreen Community Playgroup
- Funding for an educational trip to Coomatallin wind farm for the Bantry & Dunmanway School Completion Programme
Isabelle Fitzpatrick, Reenascreena Community Playgroup, comments:
“The funding we have received from Airtricity will allow us to install additional insulation and replace the windows with double glazing. This will greatly improve the efficiency of the building meaning less electricity is used to maintain a comfortable environment for the children and staff.”
Anne Reynolds, Airtricity Community Liaison Officer, comments:
“There was a very high level of applications all addressing our new focus of energy efficiency/sustainability. We continue to learn about new sustainable solutions and this year’s fund had our first application for a pig digester. I must admit it took me some time to realise that this was not actually a pig but a large drum for accelerated composting.”
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.