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 2019 takes the total amount awarded in the region to €283,000.
A total of 12 local groups benefitted in 2019, including schools, sports clubs and community associations who are putting funding towards energy efficiency improvement measures.
St. Fintan’s National School in Mayglass, Bridgetown, is using its funding to complete lighting upgrades at the school.
"It’s great to receive funding again. Last year, we started an LED lighting upgrade which we’ll now be able to complete. The LED bulbs will really make a difference to our electricity bills and will also play a big part in helping us achieve the Green Flag for energy."Bernadette Leahy, Principal of St. Fintan’s National School
The latest Community Fund awards are supporting energy-efficient lighting projects at Kilmore GAA Club, Scoil Réalt na Mara in Kilmore and Mulrankin Community Group. Other initiatives include replacement doors for Kilmore GAA, Wexford Sub Aqua Club and St. Anne’s National School, insulation in Rathangan Parish Hall, and equine horse training therapy at Equine Connection in Duncormick. Funding is also supporting the installation of gas heating at St. Anne’s GAA Club, electrics and a water heater for Bridgetown Men’s Shed, and new energy efficient kitchen equipment for Kilmore Quay Community Development Association.
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.