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Our Community
Engagement approach

At FuturEnergy Ireland, we believe in speaking to the local community right from the start and continuing this engagement throughout the entire lifetime of the wind farm.

In our experience, there is no substitute for consulting with the community early and for this reason, we commit to carrying out the design process by placing a fundamental focus on open, honest engagement.

On the ground, we have  Community Liaison Officer Owen Diver and Project Manager Emmet Mc Laughlin. Their job is to provide information and answer your queries.

Owen and Emmet are available throughout the project, distributing newsletters and making sure you get the information that you need. Please see the contact page for their details.

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Our commitment to you

  • A dedicated project Community Liaison Officer who you can contact directly via email or telephone. We welcome your feedback and comments
  • Regular newsletter updates
  • All updates added to this website
  • The opportunity to meet a team specialist or consultant relevant to your query
  • A full project brochure
  • A Virtual Exhibition linked to this website

Supporting a local renewable energy project comes with many benefits for the community

Community Benefit Fund

Glenard Wind Farm has the potential to bring significant positive benefits including a Community Benefit Fund in line with the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS).

RESS is a policy initiative to deliver on the Government’s Climate Action Plan. An important feature of RESS is that all projects must establish a Community Benefit Fund.

Those living in closest proximity should be priority beneficiaries and that is why some of the fund is designated for Near Neighbour payments. However, it is important that broader community benefits apply as well.

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Community Benefit Fund

All RESS project owners are required to contribute €2 per MWh annually into a community fund for the RESS contract period i.e. the first 15 years of operation. The total fund per annum will depend on the final power output.

FuturEnergy Ireland also offers a further €1 per MWh for the remaining lifetime of the development. If the project does not qualify for RESS, FuturEnergy Ireland pledges to match these contributions.

If constructed as proposed, Glenard Wind Farm has the potential to produce a Community Benefit Fund of approximately €350,000 per annum for the first 15 years of operation and €175,000 for a second 15 years.

The ‘Good Practice Principles Handbook for Community Benefit Funds’, published in July 2021 by the Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications, sets out how the funds should be used and managed.

Download the RESS Handbook

What does your community need?

When it comes to the Community Benefit Fund, communities will be at the centre of the decision-making process, which gives them the opportunity to develop a strategy to maximise the benefits.

One particular focus of the fund is to support local initiatives that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as home and community hall retrofits, pollinator farms, cycling paths, educational material and scholarships, and sports club activities.

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Local rates contributions

Glenard Wind Farm has the potential to make a substantial contribution in annual rates payments to Donegal County Council, an important contributor in exchequer funding.

This would have a positive impact on the development of local infrastructure such as roads, public transport, lighting, street cleaning, libraries, fire services, public amenities and employment.

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Education

FuturEnergy Ireland works with Steam Education by sponsoring their ‘Climate in a Box’ lessons for national schools in areas close to our wind farms. This series of five lessons, given by the class teacher, are a fun, interactive way to learn about climate change, sustainability and how we can all be more ecofriendly.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact community@futurenergyireland.ie

Have your say

It’s important for us to be good neighbours and we take this responsibility very seriously. We welcome feedback from the community throughout the lifetime of this project.

There are a number of ways you can do this:

  • Speak to us either in person, by phone or via email
  • Arrange a one-to-one meeting with the project team
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