Airtricity, Ireland’s third largest energy provider, has presented €140,000 in funding to West Limerick community groups in the vicinity of its Tournafulla, Dromada, and Rathcahill Wind Farms.
Under its Community Fund Programme, Airtricity annually makes a financial contribution to local projects from each of its 25 wind farms operated nationwide by SSE, the country’s largest renewable energy generator.
This year Airtricity’s Community Funds in West Limerick are supporting the installation of modern new electrical heating in residential accommodation in Newcastle West provided by West Limerick St Vincent de Paul; the provision of new dry lining insulation for Athea National School; and a new water recycling and heat recovery system along with new building insulation for Tournafulla GAA Club.
Other West Limerick groups being supported include Athea Tidy Towns, Monagea Parish Hall, Knockanure Community Centre as well as national schools in Templeglantine, Knocknasna, Glengurt, Carrigkerry, and Abbeyfeale.
The presentation by Airtricity of €140,000 from its 2012 Community Funds to West Limerick community groups is the largest single annual payment ever made by Airtricity to communities around its wind farms nationwide.
It brings the total funding made by Airtricity through its community funds in West Limerick to €450,000 since 2008, when the company commissioned its first wind farm in Co. Limerick at Tournafulla.
“We’re delighted at Airtricity and SSE to be presenting €140,000 in funding from our Limerick Community Funds for such a wide variety of forward-thinking and innovative local projects. We’re also extremely proud that our technicians at Airtricity Utility Solutions are volunteering their time and expertise to support some of these great projects,” said Anne Reynolds, Airtricity Community Liaison Officer.
Denis Buicke of St Vincent de Paul in West Limerick has welcomed the funding.
“As a result of the Airtricity community funding, new energy efficient electric heaters will be installed in our newly-developed residential accommodation units and retail shop in Newcastlewest, benefitting the wider community that we serve across West Limerick.”
James Wright, secretary of Tournafulla GAA Club, says the funding from Airtricity is of huge benefit. “The financial support will allow us to insulate the club facilities and install a state-of-the-art water recycling and heat recovery system, meaning a much more efficient, sustainable and comfortable club house for all our users,” he said.
Margaret Watters of the Board of Management at Athea National School said the money will be put to good use.
“Airtricity’s Community Funding will be put to great use and make big improvements to one of Athea’s local schools. The funding is being used to dry line the walls in the old school building and through these measures we aim to cut heat loss, reduce our energy bills and most importantly create a warmer environment in which our children can learn.”