Knockaneden wind farm awards €9,000 community fund, Ireland

The Knockaneden wind farm developed and operated by Mainstream Renewable Power, awarded €9,000 to local community initiatives in the first of its annual Community Fund Awards. The wind farm which is located in the townland of Knockaneden has been powering 6,000* homes with clean energy for just over one year.

The Community Fund Programme awards €1,000 per MW** to the local community for each year it is in operation. Mainstream, on behalf of wind farm owner, Caherciveen Wind Limited, invites community-based initiatives to apply for the funding each year and the monies are awarded based on criteria such as proximity to the wind farm and the benefits the initiative will bring to the community.

An event was held in the local community centre for all recipients of awards on Friday, 24 January 2014. Speaking at the award of the funding, Cáit Ui Chonaill of Forbairt na Dromoda said “This is a great initiative which provides community groups such as ours, with much needed funds. In particular for us, it helps with childcare services for the community aswell as benefiting the elderly with vital services such as meals on wheels and our outreach and respite service.“

Commenting on behalf of Caherciveen Wind Limited, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Alan McCarthy 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 from funding the upkeep and maintenance of local GAA clubs to the local national school in their sustainability and other educational initiatives.”

The list of recipients whom received part of the fund are:

• Cahersiveen ICA
• Cahersiveen Parish Pastoral Council
• CCE Barr na Sraide
• Coars National School
• Comm Care Ballinskelligs
• Dromid Community Care
• Forbairt na Dromoda
• Dromid ICA
• Éigse na Brideóige
• Foilmore Community Centre
• Foilmore GAA Club
• IRD Foilmore Kells
• Iveragh Forestry Group
• Men’s Shed Caherciveen
• Piarsaigh na Dromoda GAA
• South West Kerry Women’s Association
• Waterville Heritage Centre
• Waterville GAA
*Based on IWEA figures of 650 homes per MW installed.
**IWEA best practice

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