Clogherhead Offshore Wind Farm Project recognise that achieving a transition to a low-carbon economy can only occur through responsible development which includes genuine community engagement. We want ourwind farm investments to deliver long term social, economic and environmental benefits for everyone.
Part of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the project will study the potential for both positive and negative impacts on the local community. These studies will include:
• Economic impact of the proposed project
• Impact of activities during the construction, operational and decommissioning phases
• Visual Impact of the project from the coast
As part of the development of the wind farm, we will host a number of community events. We want to ensure that local stakeholders can share their views and raise questions while the project is still in the design stage.
In addition to exhibitions, our team will engage with groups and individuals in advance of the consent application.
We will also be providing information through newsletters, media updates and on our project website, www.clogherheadwind.ie.
As with all our wind projects, we establish wind farm community benefit funds with the intention of encouraging stronger interaction and engagement with communities neighbouring our wind farms as well as helping those communities to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities. The wind farm community benefit funds are available to support projects that are aligned with local needs and community development opportunities such as the purchase of equipment, building or refurbishment work.
The Clogherhead Offshore Wind Farm project will have a substantial community fund, which will distribute grants to groups in the region.
We welcome community involvement in the design of the scheme.
We are not yet looking for projects to support, but we welcome your thoughts on how the scheme could be structured and the kinds of projects we should focus on.
When we get to the stage of seeking projects to fund, we will advertise in local media, through the local authorities and inform those on our mailing list.
We commit to engaging extensively with the fishing community throughout the feasibility studies campaigns and subsequent development, construction and operation of the project. We will work with the fishing community to understand any potential short- or long-term impacts on fishing, and incorporate mitigation measures into the project design.
To contact our Fisheries Liaison Officer directly, please email FLO@clogherheadwind.ie
As the project progresses, we will put in place a community fund which will help support local fishing communities. This demonstrates our commitment to mutually beneficial co-existence.