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Community Benefits

Bord na Móna has a long-standing history in many towns and villages throughout Ireland providing employment and supplying fuel and energy to their homes.

New Directions

As part of Bord na Móna’s Brown to Green Strategy, one of our main focus’ is the development of wind farms in order to meet Ireland’s renewable energy target of 16% by 2020. As part of our “Strategic framework for the future use of peatlands”, we will continue to develop complementary uses of the cutaway peatlands around our wind farms.

Such potential uses include tourism and amenity, habitats for plants and animals and carbon sinks. We will continue to collaborate with adjacent communities supporting the work of their local clubs and societies.

New Directions

As part of Bord na Móna’s Brown to Green Strategy, one of our main focus’ is the development of wind farms in order to meet Ireland’s renewable energy target of 16% by 2020. As part of our “Strategic framework for the future use of peatlands”, we will continue to develop complementary uses of the cutaway peatlands around our wind farms.

Such potential uses include tourism and amenity, habitats for plants and animals and carbon sinks. We will continue to collaborate with adjacent communities supporting the work of their local clubs and societies.

Community Gain Schemes

Bord na Móna set up two community gain schemes in 2014 thanks to the help and cooperation of the communities adjacent to its Mountlucas and Bruckana Wind Farms.

An annual fund, based on the installed capacity of each wind farm, is established and applications are sought from clubs, associations, and other such groups in the locality for support for various community-based initiatives and improvement projects. The combined funds amount to €125,000 per annum.

Bord na Móna administers each scheme and an awards committee is drawn from the local communities. This committee decides which projects are granted financial support. The funding has benefited schools, sports clubs, general amenity, social initiatives, as well as community facilities.

Applications for the Community Gain Schemes 2020 are now closed.

Mountlucas Community Gain Scheme

Bord na Móna Powergen set up the Mountlucas Community Gain Scheme in 2014 thanks to the help and cooperation of the communities’ local to Mountlucas Wind Farm. The annual fund for the Mountlucas Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme is €84,000 index-linked. The fund is available to community and voluntary groups, not-for-profit groups or organisations with charitable status. The Community Gain Scheme for 2020 is now closed.

 

Mountlucas Community Gain Scheme

Bord na Móna Powergen set up the Mountlucas Community Gain Scheme in 2014 thanks to the help and cooperation of the communities’ local to Mountlucas Wind Farm. The annual fund for the Mountlucas Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme is €84,000 index-linked. The fund is available to community and voluntary groups, not-for-profit groups or organisations with charitable status. The Community Gain Scheme for 2020 is now closed.

 

Bruckana Community Gain Scheme

Bord na Móna Powergen set up the Bruckana Community Gain Scheme in 2014 thanks to the help and cooperation of the communities’ local to Bruckana Wind Farm. The annual fund for the Bruckana Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme is €42,000. The fund is available to community and voluntary groups, not-for-profit groups or organisations with charitable status. Applications for the CGS for 2020 closed on Friday 6th March 2020.