Creating projects that are good for local communities

Community engagement and benefit

At FuturEnergy Ireland, we aim to build responsible projects that are good for us, for society and 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?

Castlebanny Wind Farm has the potential to bring significant positive benefits to local communities. The project will support local employment, it will contribute annual rates to the local authority and it will provide opportunity for a local Community Benefit Fund in the project in line with the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS).

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) is a policy initiative to deliver on the Government’s Climate Action Plan. One key emphasis is that communities should benefit directly from all the renewable electricity projects being supported by the scheme.
An important feature of RESS is that all projects must establish a Community Benefit Fund to be used for the wider environmental, social and economic wellbeing of the local community, and the scheme puts communities at the heart of the decision-making.

The proposed Castlebanny Wind Farm project has the potential to participate in the Government’s Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) auction process.

Please find an outline of the RESS Community Benefit Fund and a copy of the Government’s Community Benefit Fund Good Practice Principles Handbook here.

What is a Community Benefit Fund and how does it work?

Estimated Project Development Time

Oct 2016

Bird Studies begin

Jun 2019

Environmental Impact Assessment baseline studies begin.

Sep 2019

Noise Monitoring begins

Nov 2019

Community and Engagement process begins

Mar 2020

Site investigations commence

May 2020

Layout developed for Environmental Assessment and Community Engagement

Jan 2021

Planning Application submitted to An Bord Pleanála on 28th January 2021.

Aug 2021

Request for Further Information (RFI) received from An Bord Pleanála.

Nov 2021

Request for Further Information (RFI) submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

Sep 2022

An Bord Pleanála provides a decision and grants planning permission.