Over €100,000 now awarded by SSE Airtricity to community groups in Co. Tipperary

SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest provider of wind power, has handed out more than €14,000 to community groups near its Knockastanna Wind Farm in Co. Tipperary, bringing the company’s overall contribution in the region to over €100,000 since 2010.

The presentation took place at Rearcross Football Club on Friday 17 June. A total of seven local groups will benefit from the payout of €14,584, including schools, sports clubs and community organisations. Through its Community Fund programme, SSE Airtricity makes annual contributions to community groups in the vicinity of its wind farms.

Rearcross Football Club will be putting this year’s funding towards a new energy efficient water-heating system for their clubhouse. Club Secretary, Ger Kennedy, said: “The existing water-heating system is 15 years old and inefficient at this stage. The funding from SSE Airtricity’s Community Fund will enable us to fit a more efficient system, which will reduce both our fuel consumption and emissions.”

Other projects being supported range from adding insulation panels at Cappawhite National School, to installing heating controls in Kilcommon Community Hall. The majority of the groups will use the funding to boost their energy efficiency measures, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports.

Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding this year’s funding to seven forward-thinking and deserving local groups. It’s great to see so much of the money going towards improvements in energy efficiency, which will help to reduce heating bills and ultimately lead to a greener and more sustainable environment for the whole community. We’ve now donated over €100,000 to local projects in Co. Tipperary, in line with our continued commitment to the communities closest to our wind farms.”

SSE Airtricity’s Knockastanna Wind Farm has a total capacity of 6MW and generates enough green energy to power over 2,000 homes in the region.

The successful applicants for this year’s Community Fund are Cappawhite National School, Cullen–Lattin AFC, Doon Community Alert, Dún Bleisce Historical and Literary Society, Kilcommon Community Council, Sean Treacy’s GAA Club and Rearcross Football Club.