Creating Projects that are Good for Local Communities
FuturEnergy Ireland has extensive experience in the design and construction of wind energy developments throughout Ireland. The company is working to support new, local jobs and contribute to the local economy while helping to deliver Ireland’s ambition to achieve 80% renewable electricity by 2030, as set out in the Climate Action Plan.
The proposed Cullenagh Wind Farm project has the potential to participate in the Government’s Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) auction process. RESS acts as a policy support for the renewable energy industry and is helping the Government to meet its 2030 climate targets.
Should Cullenagh Wind Farm be successful in a future auction process, a Community Benefit Fund will be established which includes funding for wider community initiatives and a near neighbour scheme. Any such fund would deliver approximately €200,000 annually to community projects for the first 15 years of the wind farm’s lifespan as part of the RESS Scheme.
FuturEnergy Ireland commits to delivering a further 10 years of funding of approximately €100,000 annually for the remaining lifetime of the project. This means the project will deliver an estimated overall Community Benefit Fund of €4,000,000 to the Ballyroan and Timahoe communities over its 25 years in operation. An outline of the RESS Community Benefit Fund and a copy of the Government’s Community Benefit Fund Good Practice Principles Handbook can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/5f12f-community-projects-and-benefit-funds-ress.
FuturEnergy Ireland takes pride in providing quality amenity and recreation facilities on its wind farm developments. For an example of a popular and successful amenity see Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm (www.sliabhbawnwindfarm.ie). We would like to explore with members of the local community if this would be of interest at Cullenagh Wind Farm and investigate the potential for a walking trail along with signage, waymarkers, a car park and picnic area. Please contact our local Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Tom Costello with your thoughts and comments.