Community Benefits

Community Benefits

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. An annual fund of €1,000/MW per installed capacity per annum for the lifetime of the wind farm was established. The annual fund for the Mountlucas Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme is €84,000 index-linked.

Bord na Móna Powergen administers the scheme and an awards committee is drawn from the local communities of Daingean, Mount Lucas and Walsh Island.  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.

Mountlucas Community Gains Scheme 2020

The Mountlucas Wind Farm Community Gain Scheme 2020 is now closed.

Should you have any queries regarding your application,  please contact the Community Gain Scheme Administrator on (046) 973 3800.

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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 Mountlucas 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 and Recreational Facilities).

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*

In advance of commencement of works all homeowners must complete a BER assessment on their property to enable them to identify and cost energy efficiency improvement works that could be carried out on their property.

Bord na Móna is currently co-ordinating the completion of BER assessments for participants of the Scheme.

*subject to terms and conditions

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