Through our Richfield Wind Farm in Co. Wexford we make around €20,000 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 farm since 2007, and our latest contribution in 2020 takes the total amount awarded in the region to €334,000.

A total of 14 local groups benefitted in 2020, including schools, sports clubs and community associations who are putting funding towards energy efficiency improvement measures.

The Stella Maris Centre in Kilmore Quay used their 2020 allocation to assist with running costs for the centre and provide their meals on wheels service to the vulnerable elderly residents in the area throughout the year.

"This funding will enable us to purchase a mains wired disinfectant sprayer and battery sprayer, which will allows us to spray the food boxes and vehicles to deliver the meals to the correct standards. It is imperative that meals not only are prepared to regulation but also delivered to the same standard to our vulnerable and older meals recipients."

John Nunn, Stella Maris Centre manager

This year’s Community Fund programme is also supporting energy-efficient lighting projects at Bridgetown Steering Group and electrical wiring of Bridgetown Men’s Shed.

Other initiatives include storage facilities at Kilmore United, installation of benches on walking trails and gardens for Barntown Heritage group and Ballymore Mayglass Development Group, restoration work on Furlong’s Cottage for Forth Mountain Walking Group, Wexford Sub Aqua Club running costs and resurfacing a walking track at St. Anne’s GAA Club.

The Community Fund is operated by sister company SSE Airtricity on behalf of SSE Renewables.

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