SSE Renewables and Letterkenny Chamber Mark New Membership with Kick Off Meeting

Letterkenny Chamber is delighted to announce the addition of SSE Renewables to its membership. Which was was recently marked by a kick off meeting during which Conor Joy, External Relations Manager, along with local team members Michelle Donnelly, Lead Project Manager, and Seamus Herron, Community Liaison Officer, spoke to the Chamber about SSE Renewables almost 25-year presence in the North-West.

Stressing the role of onshore wind in meeting Ireland’s renewable energy targets, SSE Renewables highlighted its operations in Donegal including the well-established Culliagh and Meentycat wind farms. Additionally, Lenalea Wind Farm, located south of Letterkenny, has recently completed construction. Collectively, these wind farms produce 130MW of clean energy, power 87,000 homes and abate 88,000 tonnes of C02 annually. Furthermore, the planned Drumnahough Wind Farm has the potential to power an additional 40,000 homes, underpinning SSE Renewables commitment to continued development in the region.

The SSE Renewables team also outlined its strong track-record of community investment and engagement. Since 2007, SSE Renewables’ Community Benefit Funds have made a substantial impact by supporting local groups throughout Donegal with grants of €1.5m. Most recently, the 2023 Meentycat Community Fund of over €71,000 was awarded to 24 groups operating around the wind farm, including schools, sports clubs and community centres.

They also explained that significant annual commercial rates contributions provided by the company’s onshore wind farms help to improve infrastructure and services in Donegal more widely.

Conor Joy, External Relations Manager for SSE Renewables, said: “We are delighted to join Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and are keenly aware of the active role the Chamber plays in promoting economic development in Donegal. Almost a quarter of a century has passed since our first project in the region, Culliagh Wind Farm, became operational. Our development pipeline aims to build on this legacy while our other existing windfarms will continue to have a key role in securing Ireland’s energy independence, cutting costs for consumers and helping Ireland meet its renewable energy targets.”

Toni Forrester, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, added: “It is brilliant to welcome SSE Renewables into the Chamber. Having visited the Meentycat Wind Farm, I have seen first-hand the valuable work they are doing in the region. The Chamber eagerly anticipates continued engagement with SSE Renewables and their local team, fostering collaboration and communication on opportunities for community partnerships. We also look forward to supporting and sharing the plans and projects generated by SSE Renewables and the net-zero transition.” 

 

About SSE Renewables:

SSE Renewables is Ireland’s leading developer, owner and operator of onshore wind farms, with a vision to make renewable energy the foundation of a zero-carbon world. The renewable electricity generated at wind farms operated by SSE Renewables across Ireland powers SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest provider of 100% green energy. The company’s onshore wind portfolio includes the 88.5MW Meentycat Wind Farm in Donegal and one of Ireland’s largest wind farms, the 174MW Galway Wind Park, which was co-developed with project partner Coillte and is co-owned by Greencoat Renewables.

 

 

New Letterkenny Chamber Member: SSE Renewables

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