SSE Airtricity has awarded more than €5m for rural projects since 2008

More than €700,000 given to community projects last year

 Members of the Windmill Players Drama Group from Templeboy, Co Sligo,  celebrate the launch of a new report, which shows that SSE Airtricity has awarded more than €5 million to community groups local to its wind farms. Photograph: Steve Rogers Photography

Members of the Windmill Players Drama Group from Templeboy, Co Sligo, celebrate the launch of a new report, which shows that SSE Airtricity has awarded more than €5 million to community groups local to its wind farms. Photograph: Steve Rogers Photography

 

Energy provider SSE Airtricity says it has supported rural community projects to the tune of €5 million over the past nine years. The renewable energy firm has published a new report, Energising Communities in Rural Ireland, detailing its funding for community groups in the vicinity of its wind farms since 2008.

It awarded more than €700,000 last year to 247 projects across rural Ireland, with most of it going towards projects to improve energy efficiency.

These included the insulation of community buildings, the installation of solar panels, the replacement of windows and doors, and upgrades to energy-efficient lighting.