Located in the heart of the Burren in County Clare, Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre is Ireland’s premier “showcave” and one of the top tourist attractions in the country. A family owned business since 1976, the team at Aillwee has a tradition of welcoming, educating and interpreting the Burren Region for over 150,000 visitors every year, not just from Ireland but across the world. As a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network, the team recognises that they have an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the physical and cultural environment both generally and locally in the Burren Region.
In mid-2016, Nuala Mulqueeney, Director of Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre rang SSE Airtricity customer service to discuss their energy usage and explore ways of reducing their environmental impact while also making savings for her business. After a quick chat with SSE Airtricity’s customer service team, Nuala was informed that her company could benefit from lighting upgrades that would help make big savings and also reduce the centre’s environmental impact.
Working closely with the SSE Business Energy team, Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre undertook lighting upgrades across the centre. The energy savings per year as a result of these upgrades were 45,785 kWh’s, which equated to a monetary saving of €6,400 per year, in addition SSE Airtricity assisted in the completion of this project by assisting in the cost through a contribution from our ECO fund as part of the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme.
Working with SSE has helped Nuala and her team to future-proof the business. SSE Airtricity was delighted to work with Nuala on this project and look forward to working with her in the future on projects to future-proof the business, create better customer experiences and decrease the environmental impact of Aillwee’s energy consumption all while helping Nuala to reduce her costs.