Community Benefits

Community Benefits

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. An annual fund of €1,000/MW per installed capacity per annum, index-linked for the lifetime of each project was established for the wind farm. The annual fund for the Bruckana Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme is €42,000.

Bord na Móna Powergen administers the scheme and an awards committee is drawn from the local communities of Crosspatrick and Moyne/Templetuohy. This local committee decides which projects are granted financial support. The funding has benefited schools, sports clubs, general amenity, social initiatives, as well as community facilities. Please see lists below for previous recipients and projects.

Bruckana Community Gains Scheme 2021

The Bruckana Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme 2021 is now open.

If you wish to make an application, the online Application Form is available here.

To veiw the Fund Guidelines, please click here.

If you have any queries, or require assistance in completing the online form, please contact the Community Gain Scheme Administrator on (046) 9733800.

 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14th March 2021.

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Near Neighbour Scheme

Electricity Contribution

In December 2017, Bord na Móna expanded its Community Benefit Package by introducing a Near Neighbour Scheme for Bruckana Wind Farm.

The Near Neighbour Scheme offers electricity bill payers living within a prescribed distance of a wind turbine an annual discount on their electricity bills*.

Bord na Móna introduced the Scheme based on various research carried out and through engaging with local communities, which indicated that the provision of direct benefit to residents who lived in close proximity to a wind farm should be considered.

The Scheme is part of the company’s extensive community benefits package (which already includes an Annual Community Gain Scheme).

Energy Efficiency Contribution / Education Support

The second aspect of the Near Neighbour Scheme is the provision of funding for individual residential properties within a prescribed distance of a wind turbine, to carry out energy efficiency measures on their property or use towards education support or towards the purchase of an EV vehicle*

In advance of commencement of works all homeowners must complete a Building Energy Rating (BER) assessment on their property to enable them to identify energy efficiency improvement works that could potentially be carried out on their property. Bruckana Wind Farm has appointed Evolved Energy to carry out the BER Assessments for the residents.

To date, the company has completed a number of BER Assessments for residents adjoining the wind farm. Following the completion of the Assessment, applicants to the Scheme have progressed to the next stage of the Scheme. They have applied and received approval from Bruckana Wind Farm to carry out varying measures of Energy Efficiency works on their homes or receive education support.

Examples of Energy Efficiency measures currently being carried out on homes include:

  • Attic Insulation
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Upgrade of Windows and Doors
  • Installation of Solar Thermal System
  • Upgrade of Heating Systems and Controls.

*subject to terms and conditions

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