Over €15,000 donated to Limerick community groups by wind energy company

An Ørsted wind farm.

A DANISH renewable energy company last week announced its small funding contributions of over €15,000 into Limerick’s local community.

Ørsted currently has two wind farms in County Limerick, both in Knockawarriga, near Abbeyfeale.

An announcement by the company confirmed small contributions of  €15,000 to community groups across the county in 2023.

The community groups and initiatives benefiting from the company’s charitable initiative included Mountcollins Development Association and Tournafulla Community Centre.

This funding came as part of a community benefit fund which is required in accordance with the Wind Energy Ireland best practice principles in community engagement and commitment.

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This year, Ørsted have a total of €335,000 available for applications by community groups nationwide, which is also available to groups in Limerick to apply for.

Ørsted works in Ireland from its Irish headquarters in Cork and operates over 21 wind farms generating 378MW of green electricity across the county.

For every wind farm that Ørsted operates, the company says it has set up community benefit funds in accordance with the Wind Energy Ireland best practice principles.

Amy Ahern, operations and landowner community liaison officer at Ørsted, said: “When we invest in new green energy infrastructure, we are also investing in communities, and committing to becoming a cooperative partner in an area for the long term.”

“We are dedicated to being an active partner in the communities where we operate, and believe in giving back to the areas in which we develop and produce renewable energy. We will consider all requests for donations or funding that we receive under our 21 community benefit funds across Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

Information on applying for the funding can be found on orsted.ie/about-us/funding-for-community-projects.