Wednesday 3rd August 2011: Airtricity, Ireland’s fastest-growing and greenest energy utility, is today presenting €114,000 in community funding to local groups in the vicinity of the Bindoo, Gartnaneane and Mullananalt wind farms in Co. Cavan and Co. Monaghan. The presentation ceremony is taking place at Kill Community Development Hall, Tullyvin, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, beginning 8pm.
This year, Airtricity is making grant awards to twenty-three community-based projects adjacent to the combined 47 turbines. Under Airtricity’s Community Fund Programme, the company annually makes a financial contribution from each of its 26 wind farms across Ireland to local projects. The funding continues to focus on supporting energy efficiency and sustainability projects.
Airtricity is making individual funding awards to a selection of innovative projects promoted by community groups in the areas around the vicinity of the three wind farms. Projects in areas including Kill, Tullyvin, Canningstown, Stradone, Curbany, Ballyhaise, Lisboduff, Cootehill, Shercock, Bailieborough, Killinkere, Virginia, Mullagh and Castleblayney being funded.
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.
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. At Airtricity, we believe that local communities, such as those Cavan and Monaghan communities around our wind farms, must also see the benefit of each wind farm in their locality. Airtricity’s Community Fund Programme at Bindoo, Gartnaneane and Mullananalt specifically benefits the communities adjacent to the wind farms and is our way of contributing over the life time of the wind farm to the future sustainable development of the local Cavan and Monaghan communities.”
Mr. Tommy O’Reilly Chairperson Kill Community Development Ltd
“This Airtricity funding for our insulation marks the beginning of moving towards the changes necessary for an energy efficient, sustainable centre providing a healthy and safe environment for our community. The funding will help us to reduce our overall energy consumption and therefore reducing heating bills”
Mr. Seamus Conlon, Chairperson St. Oliver Plunkett’s Community Pre-School
Airtricity’s funding will enable St. Oliver Plunkett’s National School to replace the existing lighting with efficient lighting with detection sensors to improve the energy efficiency of the school’s lighting and cost efficiency in terms of running costs of the school”
Berni Power, Chairperson, Board of Management Laragh National School
“We are delighted with Airtricity funding for the replacement of single glazed windows and doors in the school with double glazed energy efficiency windows and doors that will yield reduced spending on energy by 20% and reduce heat loss by 50%”
Bindoo, Gartnaneane and Mullananalt Wind Farms are operated by Airtricity’s parent company SSE, the broadest-based energy utility in Ireland and the UK. The wind farms have a combined generation capacity of over 70MW– enough electricity to power almost 43,000 homes – and all power produced by the wind farm exclusively supplies Ireland’s greenest electricity company Airtricity.
The green energy generated at the Bindoo, Gartnaneane and Mullananalt Wind Farms 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 Bindoo, Gartnaneane and Mullananalt Wind Farms contributes a massive reduction in greenhouse emitting CO2 of 6,780 tonnes each year.