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. Since we first began community funding in Ireland in 2002, we have awarded over €12 million from our operational wind farms supporting more than 4,000 local projects. Annually we share approximately €2 million with local community projects across the island.
We are committed to providing a Community Fund for Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2, once it enters operation. Our intention is that this Fund would support communities all along the coastline from Wicklow Town to Arklow and on to Courtown.
In order to progress Phase 2 of Arklow Bank Wind Park SSE Renewables must secure the support of the Government, through the Offshore Renewable Energy Support Scheme (ORESS). As part of this process Government will determine the parameters for a Community Fund for offshore wind. We look forward to working with the Government as these parameters are developed.
Our support for the community doesn’t wait until the wind farm commences operation.
To date we have paid out over €350,000 to communities in Wicklow and North Wexford to support the delivery of a range of initiatives particularly those with a marine focus.
Over the past three years we have been pleased to support among others, Seal Rescue Ireland’s virtual education programme, Wicklow Rowing Club’s boat restoration project, Meals on Wheels Arklow and Wicklow as part of their Covid-19 response, Arklow Maritime Museum, Wicklow Surf Lifesaving and the RNLI in Arklow, Wicklow and Courtown.
Wicklow Rowing Club
In 2020, we sponsored the Wicklow Rowing Club Boat Restoration Project. Volunteers completed the restoration of club skiff ‘Guiding Star’ over a three month period and a new pair of juvenile oars were purchased so that the sport could be promoted to a younger demographic.
We sponsored the 2019 Arklow Maritime Festival and continued our support throughout the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 by funding improvements at the local station and green area. The organisation relies completely on donations to operate its lifesaving service.
Arklow Golf Club
We supported Open Week at Arklow Golf Club for the past two years. The event is a week-long showcase of golf with daily competitions which attracts competitors from throughout Wicklow and neighbouring counties.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help your group or organisation, please contact our dedicated Community Engagement Manager, Deborah Coleman, on 087 1457603, or by email at Deborah.email@example.com (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
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We are committed to working with local communities and stakeholders to gather feedback and local information that will inform the project on an ongoing basis. Local knowledge is key to us so that we understand the issues that are important to the community and can refine our plans accordingly.Have your say