Creating Projects that are Good for Local Communities
At Coillte Renewable Energy, we aim to build responsible projects that are good for us, for society and positively benefit our neighbours. We do this through managing the design and development in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders for results supported by both.
Our engagement objectives range from building relationships and trust, to creating an environment around our developments where we will be openly and warmly welcomed back in the future by stakeholders and communities alike.
What is a Community Benefit Fund? And how does it work?
Each Coillte renewable energy project has a Community Benefit Fund attached. These funds are established and managed to benefit the local community in the areas of;
Health and Wellbeing
Culture and Heritage
The fund is available to community and voluntary groups, non-profit groups or organisations with a charitable status.
Coillte renewable energy projects have consistently provided a Community Benefit Fund (CBF), whether we have had governmental support or have been financed via other means. However, a CBF now forms part of the Government’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). It is a requirement of any development under the scheme to provide a fund that will benefit the local community.