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Funding boost for Donegal groups from €22,000 Energia Meenadreen Community Fund

March 11

A wide range of Donegal community-based projects are set to benefit from the €22,000 interim construction phase Energia Meenadreen Community Fund.

Funding boost for Donegal groups from €22,000 Energia Meenadreen Community Fund

11th March 2016 – A wide range of Donegal community-based projects are set to benefit from the €22,000 interim construction phase Energia Meenadreen Community Fund.
 
Meenadreen wind farm is a 95MW development located between Donegal town and Glenties in south Donegal and will be the largest wind farm in Ireland when completed.
 
Energia Renewables runs several Community Funds in Ireland based geographically around their wind farms. The longest running is Crighshane and Church Hill wind farm in County Tyrone which is visible from the Meenadreen site.
 
This interim scheme is the first that Energia Renewables has run during the construction phase of a wind farm and will fund a wide variety of programmes. Projects that have been funded include:
 
  • Upgrade of stage and hall lighting to energy efficient LED lighting
  • Completion of the public amenity site on the Clogher river
  • Development of a play area to provide an education resource and natural recreation area
  • The installation of a monitored CCTV system for community facility protection
  • Provision towards the installation of a high efficient heating boiler.
 
The community groups set to benefit from the initial round of funding are Leghowney Drama Club, Clogher Le Cheile amenity site, Saint Francis’ National School, Barnesmore, Leghowney and Townawilly community alert programme and Leghowney Hall.
 
The fund is run by the Community Foundation Ireland (CFI) which is an independent grant-making organisation. It uses the monies from their own permanent endowment and that of donors and philanthropists to distribute grants to various causes and groups right across the country. CFI handle the administration of receiving grant applications, carrying out due diligence on the charities, preparing a portfolio of options to fund and measuring the impact of the donations.
 
Peter Bailie, Managing Director, Energia Renewables commented, “All of the projects that are being funded benefit the local community. We estimate that taken together the projects will benefit over 1,500 residents. Many of the projects also involve improved energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption.”
 
“We receive a lot of support from local communities when we are developing these facilities and we’re very grateful for this. The development of our new wind farms is a very positive step forward for renewable energy in Ireland and this is something that is very important to us. All of our wind farm developments bring significant benefits to the local economies, including job creation, increased demand for construction suppliers, improvements to local infrastructure such as roads.”
 
“Energia has a long standing commitment to sustainability. This is one of the reasons why we are one of the leading providers of renewable energy to homes and businesses across Ireland. We currently supply over 795MWs of green power and thanks to a number of wind farms currently in development, we will soon increase this to 1,000MWs. Energia Group remains one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland’s renewable targets and one of the largest investors in the renewable sector.”
 
Energia has a 23% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 60,000 business customers. Energia also offer very competitive rates to residential customers for electricity and gas.
 
Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.
 

 
 
 

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