Community fund for Knockaneden wind farm, Ireland
The Knockaneden community fund programme awards €1,000 per megawatt to the local community for each year it is in operation. Community-based initiatives are invited to apply for the funding each year and the monies are awarded based on criteria such as proximity to the wind farm, sustainability and the benefits the initiative will bring to the community. The fund will continue to be distributed to worthy community initiatives over the lifetime of the project.
Commenting on behalf of Caherciveen Wind Limited, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Barry Nelson said “Community funds like this are just one of the benefits flowing to communities which host wind farms. We are delighted that the wind farm can support all of these local and worthwhile initiatives such as Éigse na Brideóige, Coars National School and Dromid Community Care.”
Some further examples of the benefiting groups are: Cahirciveen Active Retired, Foilmore Community Centre, South West Kerry Family Resource Centre, St. Finian’s National School, Cahirciveen Women in Agriculture.
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'Our GAA Club is the lifeline of our local community and this funding will help us prepare the pitch for the playing season'.
The Knockaneden wind farm operated by Mainstream Renewable Power has awarded over €18,000 to local community groups in 2014 and 2015.