Updated renewable figures as of January 2021
Rathsherry Windfarm is located off the Longmore Road in the townland of Rathsherry, outside Broughshane in County Antrim. This 21.15MW wind farm consists of nine Enercon E82 turbines and has been operational since 2018.
Community benefit fund
The Rathsherry community benefit fund is administered by the Community Foundation Northern Ireland on behalf of Energia and offers funding to community groups operating within a six-mile radius of the wind farm.
Last year, the Foundation awarded grants to 12 different community projects, including the Dojo Juniors. This mixed martial arts charity received £2,500 to pay for ju-jitsu training and equipment costs.
David Toney, who manages The Dojo martial arts centre in Ballymena, says, “The Dojo Juniors are unbelievably grateful to Rathsherry Community Benefit Fund for supporting our project. Much of our work has been restricted over the last year and this funding has helped keep our outreach work going."
Generating renewable hydrogen
Energia is developing plans for a renewable hydrogen production compound on Rathsherry Windfarm. This will be our second hydrogen development, following on from our pilot project at Long Mountain Windfarm, near Rasharkin, which is funded by Interreg North West Europe and forms part of the GenCommm programme (GENerating energy secure COMMunities through Smart Renewable Hydrogen).
The aim is to produce a sustainable energy solution for heat, power and fuel through electrolysis*, using water from a borehole on site.
Rathsherry Windfarm will be able to produce green hydrogen through wind generation, which would normally be curtailed during periods of low electricity demand.
The proposed development will be located beside the existing Rathsherry substation with access via the wind farm main entrance. The fenced compound will comprise a transformer and seven container units - similar in size and appearance to shipping containers.
We are at an early stage of development and will ensure residents are kept updated and informed on the planning process before any construction work takes place on site.
(*Energia engineering services will support development through planning and construction until final commissioning and operational training of hydrogen supply system, consisting of an electrolyser and hydrogen compression system and associated balance of plant works. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)