Community

Community Consultation

As a long-term owner, developer, and operator of energy assets in Ireland, E Power seeks to be an active partner in the communities in which we develop and operate projects. Our approach to community
engagement follows recommendations and Good Practice Guidance provided by the respective local
Government or industry body. We want the local communities near our developments to understand clearly what the merits of our projects are.

It is important that the wider public is made aware of the development, and this can be achieved through a variety of means. As part of planning a project we like to hear from the community about their vision for its future and how the project might help.

Community Benefit

The community benefits package that we will develop shall be tailored to meet the requests from the local community as well as our legal requirements. We will continue to consult with the local community to develop a suitable community benefits package through the pre-application and application stages of the development.

With regards to consultation for community benefits, we will be following the respective local Government’s best practice guidance and developing a Community Fund based on the installed capacity of our wind farm projects.

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Examples

For instance, Invis developed a wind farm in County Clare, Ireland, comprising 18 wind turbines with a capacity of 45MW. For this project, four local parishes were identified to have direct impact by the proposed development during the pre-application phase. Through a series of consultation meetings with parishes on an individual basis, a community benefits package was developed that front loaded the investment during the construction phase in order for big capital projects to be funded in the early stages of the ongoing relationship. Capital projects included the construction of a community hall, visitor centre and all weather pitch.

This approach differs from another Invis operational wind farm development located in county Galway, Ireland comprising 11 wind turbines with a capacity of 35MW, primarily within commercial forest owned by Coillte (Irish state forestry company). The community benefit package is based on a “Near Neighbour Scheme”. At planning stage, a commitment was given that an annual fund would be available during the operational phase. It was suggested that it would be distributed between the occupied houses within 1.5km and following consultation with local community representatives in April 2018, it was agreed to proceed with the proposal.This provides an annual contribution to those living closest to the wind farm where there was no obvious community initiative to distribute the fund to.

These examples are a small selection of bespoke approaches that have been previously adopted that highlight our commitment to community consultation and community benefits.
E Power Ltd, will continue to develop and initiate tailored community engagement and benefit packages that meets the needs of the communities and individuals that the proposed development will affect.