Over €200,000 now awarded by SSE Airtricity to community groups in Co. Wexford

SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest renewable energy generator, has awarded nearly €25,000 to community groups close to its Richfield Wind Farm in Co. Wexford, bringing the company’s overall contribution in the area to more than €200,000 since 2007.

This year’s presentation took place at the Stella Maris Community Centre in Kilmore Quay on Wednesday 6th April. A total of 12 community groups will benefit from the payout of almost €25,000 including local 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. Wexford since 2007, and this latest presentation takes the total amount awarded in the region to €206,000.

Wexford Sub Aqua Club will be using this year’s funding for cavity wall and attic insulation for their clubhouse. Ivan Donoghue, Club Chairman, said: “Our clubhouse is beside the sea, so it’s exposed to the effects of coastal wind, rain and sea spray, which are exacerbated during winter storms. Last year’s funding from SSE Airtricity allowed us to fit flood defence barriers and a new door, which protects our equipment and the building’s interior. This year the money will help us to insulate the walls and attic of the clubhouse.”

The majority of the recipient groups will be putting this year’s contribution towards improving their energy efficiency, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports.

St. Anne’s GAA Club will be using the money to install energy efficient pitch lighting. Club Development Officer, Charlie White, commented: “As the club has grown, we have developed a demand to broaden the facilities we offer. This year’s funding from SSE Airtricity will be used to install energy efficient lighting on our astro turf pitch, which will help us to cater for the sporting needs of the local school and the wider community.”

Other projects being supported range from repairing the roof at Cleariestown Hall, to draught-proofing the porch at St. Fintan’s National School in Mayglass.

Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be contributing to 12 worthy and forward-thinking projects through this year’s Community Fund. It’s great to see so much of the money going towards improvements in energy efficiency, which is something we’re always promoting at SSE Airtricity. We remain committed to making a positive difference to the communities closest to our wind farms, and greater energy efficiency leads to lower fuel costs and ultimately a greener and more sustainable environment for everyone.”

SSE Airtricity’s Richfield Wind Farm has a total capacity of 27MW and produces enough renewable energy to power over 15,000 homes in the region.