SSE Airtricity presents almost €43,000 to community groups in Co. Sligo

SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest green energy generator, has presented nearly €43,000 to community groups close to its Kingsmountain and Dunneill Wind Farms in Co. Sligo.

The presentation took place at Templeboy Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 13 April. A total of 25 local projects will benefit from the funding of €42,880, including schools, sports clubs and community centres.

Through its Community Fund programme, SSE Airtricity makes annual contributions to community groups in the vicinity of its wind farms. The company has been donating to local projects in Co. Sligo since 2004, and this latest contribution takes the total amount awarded in the region to over €282,000.

St. Mary’s National School in Templeboy will use this year’s contribution to install an energy management system as well as LED lighting. The school’s acting principal, Yvonne Judge, said: “The school has been a beneficiary of the SSE Airtricity Community Fund since 2012. The funding has allowed us to boost our energy efficiency measures, and improve our classrooms and support facilities. This has enhanced the learning experience for pupils and ensures a comfortable environment in which the teachers and support staff can work.”

The majority of the recipient groups are putting this latest funding towards greater energy efficiency, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports.

Other projects being supported range from installing energy efficient lighting at Leap Project Easkey, Parish of Templeboy and St. Joseph’s National School, to fitting new doors and windows at Enniscrone Kilglass GAA Club, Dromore West Men’s Shed and Skreen Dromard Community Council.

Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be presenting this year’s funding to 25 forward-thinking and worthy local projects. It’s great to see so much of the money going towards improvements in energy efficiency, which will help reduce heating bills and ultimately lead to a greener and more sustainable environment for the whole community. Since 2004, we’ve donated €282,000 to local groups in Co. Sligo in line with our continued commitment to the communities closest to our wind farms.”

SSE Airtricity’s Dunneill and Kingsmountain Wind Farms in Co. Sligo have a combined capacity of over 36MW, and produce enough green energy to power over 24,000 homes in the region.