Posted on June 09, 2017
Ireland’s largest windfarm, Energia’s 95MW windfarm at Meenadreen in south Donegal, has officially started supplying power to homes and businesses across Ireland. The windfarm contains 38 turbines and is capable of producing enough electricity to power 50,000 homes. It is the culmination of years of development work and construction started in 2014 and took 27 months to complete. Meenadreen will reduce the island’s carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year. It has 95km of underground cables also.
In tandem with the opening, Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Ireland announced a €95k community benefit fund – initially for 2017/18. This will support projects in the immediate area and some organisations in nearby Donegal town also. It will be managed, on behalf of Energia, by The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI). CFI is a donor service and grant-making foundation, based in Dublin but managing funds for donors from across the Republic of Ireland. CFI previously managed a smaller interim fund for 2015 and 2016 which supported 14 local projects.
Among the projects already funded were:
- Leghowney Drama Club: for the installation of a defibrillator outside the building
- Barnesmore/Leghowney/Townawilly Community Alert Group: for the installation of CCTV and security lighting at the halls
- Trustees of Leghowney Hall Ltd: Replaced a boiler with energy efficient boiler and replaced exterior safety and security lights with energy saving LED lights.
The fund will open later in 2017, the exact times are as yet to be confirmed. Fund criteria will be available at that stage also.