14 March 2011
Airtricity is today presenting over €12,000 in community funding to groups in the locality of the Kingsmountain Wind Farm. The presentation ceremony is taking place at 8pm in the Dromore West Community Council Hall, Dromore West, Co. Sligo.
Under Airtricity’s Community Fund Program, 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 Kingsmountain fund is supporting projects from Dromore West, Beltra, Easkey, Killeenduff and Dromard including:
- the funding of insulation in community buildings including the Beltra Hall, the Dromore West Community Council Hall, and the premises of Easkey Community Playgroup.
- installation of a Solar Hot Water System for the Easkey GAA Club,
- the provision of Composters for the Killenduff National School, the Skreen Dromard Playschool and the premises of Tireragh Community Support,
- the provision of Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs for Dromore West Community Playgroup,
- and the provision of Recycling Bins and Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs for St. Farnan’s GAA Club.
Anne-Marie Rogers, Easkey Community Playgroup, comments:
“We were delighted to be awarded funding from Airtricity. Our building is in a very exposed area right on the sea. The insulation has not been upgraded since the building was built in 1980. This funding will ensure a warmer environment for our kids plus cheaper heating costs.”
Shane Feeney, Easkey GAA, comments:
“Airtricity’s support towards our solar heating system will greatly reduce our running costs. The system will also allow us to accommodate the growing number of teams that use the club, ensuring warm showers for all.”
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.
“The Airtricity Community Fund is paid out every year for the lifetime of the wind farm. We look forward to future applications from the local community and hope to learn about more innovative ways to reduce energy consumption within the community around the Kingsmountain Wind Farm.”