Cappawhite Wind Farm Community Fund sets extension for applications

Eoin Kelleher

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Eoin Kelleher

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eoin.kelleher@tipperarystar.ie

Cappawhite Wind Farm Community Fund sets extension for applications

Cappawhite Wind Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESB, is pleased to announce a deadline extension for communities interested in applying for funding from the wind farm’s associated community fund.

The fund opened on Monday, January 8th, and will now remain open until Monday, April 30th at 5pm. “We welcome the applications received so far and we’d like to invite local community and voluntary groups to attend an upcoming workshop on the Cappawhite Wind Farm Community Fund,” said spokesman Paul Hand. “This event takes place on Wednesday, 21 March at the Cappawhite Resource Centre from 7pm. The event will provide these groups with important information in relation to the fund application process, as well as a chance to generate and build upon project ideas.

“The community fund initiative aims to provide financial support to local community and voluntary organisations in proximity (8km) of the wind farm, to the cumulative value of €1.8 million for the operational life of the wind farm, helping them to deliver beneficial projects and initiatives which fall within one or more of our broad themes:

*Education and Skills Health, Safety and Wellbeing

*Environment and Habitat Conservation

*Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

*Culture and Heritage Recreation, Sport and Social Inclusion.

For further information on the community fund and to apply for funding, please visit: http://www.windfarmcommunityfunds.ie/

The Cappawhite wind energy project is located within the Hollyford Hills, immediately northwest of Cappawhite village and approximately 17 km north of Tipperary town. Cappawhite features 17 turbines with a combined generating capacity of 50 MW. It will generate enough renewable electricity to power around 32,500 households a year, which equates to over 55% of Co Tipperary. The wind farm’s associated community fund, which launches in 2018, is available to groups within 8km of the wind farm and has a total annual value of €75,000. The suggestion is that groups apply for grants to the value of €10,000. The suggested award value is neither a minimum or a maximum, rather an indication of the scale of resources available annually. Awards may exceed the above-suggested values if a project is identified as being of significant strategic benefit to the community.