Supporting community across

Ireland

SSE Renewables is Ireland’s largest generator of wind power and provides voluntary community funding to community groups near each of our wind farms across the country. This funding contributes to the social, environmental and economic well-being of local communities for decades to come.

Child playing near wind farm

Since we first began community funding in Ireland in 2002, we have awarded over €8.5 million from our wind farms supporting than 2,500 local projects.

Community groups within a 20km radius of the wind farms are eligible to apply for the funds, however, priority is given to community groups located within a 5km vicinity. Each fund is paid out annually, starting one year after the wind farm starts producing electricity, with funding awarded to projects focused primarily on sustainability, energy-efficiency and safety. By providing this funding, SSE Renewables seeks to enable local regeneration through community-led economic, social and environmental development.

The Community Fund for each wind farm is operated by our sister company SSE Airtricity, with the exception of our community fund for Galway Wind Park which is a joint venture with Greencoat Renewables. The Galway Wind Park Community Fund was launched in 2018 and, at around €400,000 annually, is the largest community fund of its kind in Ireland.

Find out more about each individual community fund below