West Limerick and North Kerry
Through our Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada, and Athea wind farms in West Limerick, and Lenamore Wind Farm in North Kerry we make almost €250,000 per year available for community projects. So far since 2008 we have invested almost €2 million in local projects in the vicinity of the wind farms promoting energy efficiency and social sustainability.
In 2019, 70 local groups benefited from the award of €246,959, including schools, sports clubs and community organisations.
Athea GAA in Co. Limerick is putting this year’s funding towards energy efficient pitch lighting for the club.
"This funding will have a significant effect on energy use and will reduce costs. The project will enhance the newly drained pitch which is now playable throughout the winter and spring."Paul Curry, Chairman of Athea GAA
Tarbert National School in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, is using the funding for Phase 2 window replacement for the school. Catherine Heaphy, Principal of the school, commented: “The contribution from the Community Fund will allow us to replace the original badly designed single glazed windows. These new windows will help prevent energy loss and help eliminate the issues of dampness in the classrooms, and will result in a significant improvement in the comfort of students in the teaching environment and a cost saving in terms of the heating output throughout the school.”
The Community Fund is operated by sister company SSE Airtricity on behalf of SSE Renewables.
Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada and Athea Wind Farms in West Limerick have a combined capacity of over 100MW and are capable of powering over 50,000 homes in the region. Leanamore Wind Farm in North Kerry entered full commercial operation in 2018 and consists of nine turbines which generate enough green energy to power over 10,000 homes.