The Copper Coast in County Waterford, Ireland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of breathtaking natural beauty. It is hard to imagine that anybody would want to build an industrial wind farm right in the middle of it, but apparently such individuals do exist.
Please attend the public meeting in Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas, at 8.00 p.m. this evening, and tell us what you think.
And for those of you who think it offers a great financial opportunity to “make a few pound”, this is what Paul Kenny of Tipperary Energy Agency (who advise on setting up ‘community’ wind farms) had to say of the “model” community wind farm in Templederry, which was launched seventeen years ago (in 1999) and has been producing for four years (since 2012) :
“As with all windfarms, the dividends to the share holders (in Templederry’s case, individuals and the local community co-operative), is paid after a significant portion of the loans are repaid, which has not happened yet, neither the co-operative, directors or shareholders have received any dividend, but it will commence in due course.”
That is a nice way of saying that after waiting for seventeen years to see a return on their investment, the good people of Templederry have yet to see a red cent.
8.00 p.m.. Monday 14 November 2016 (today)
Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas, County Waterford.