Through our Coomacheo and Curragh Wind Farms in North Cork we make over €100,000 per year available for local projects promoting energy efficiency and social sustainability through our Community Fund programme.
We have been donating to local projects in the vicinity of the wind farms since 2010, and our latest contribution in 2019 takes the total amount awarded in the North Cork region to almost €1.3 million.
A total of 30 local groups benefitted from funding in excess of €115,000 in 2019. Comhaltas Cosanta Chuil Aodha is putting its funding towards energy efficient insulation and energy monitor for the Halla. Other projects supported include lighting upgrades for Millstreet GAA, Ballyvourney District Council, West Muskerry AC, and Ballinagree Community Development Council, heating upgrades at Choláiste Ghobnatan and Shandrum Hall, and replacement windows and doors for Millstreet Pitch & Putt, 28th Cork Macroom Scout Group, Kilcorney National School, and Millstreet Community Housing Association. Additional support was made for rainwater harvesting at Rylane National School, supporting an education programme for Cuman Bheachairí Mhúscraí (Beekeepers), and improving disability access at Linn Snámha Conchubar Ó Laoghaire, Carriganima, and at St. John’s GAA Club.
The Community Fund is operated by sister company SSE Airtricity on behalf of SSE Renewables.
Coomacheo and Curragh Wind Farms have a combined capacity of almost 60MW and produce enough green energy to power around 40,000 homes.