Community Benefit Fund

Community Benefit Fund

Dublin Array are committed to sharing the benefits of electricity generation though the delivery of a Community Benefit Fund worth up to €6.5 million per year, depending on the final installed capacity of the project. The decisions on how these funds will be spent will be made by a committee of local representatives who will be appointed by an independent fund administrator.

RWE have over 25 years’ of experience in delivering Community Benefit Funds, tailored to meet the individual needs of the different communities in which we operate. This experience makes us very well placed to set up a community fund for Dublin Array that really meets the needs of the local area.

Dublin Array are committed to sharing the benefits of electricity generation though the delivery of a really exciting Community Benefit Fund worth up to €6.5 million per year, depending on the final installed capacity of the project. The decisions on how these funds will be spent will be made by a committee of local representatives who will be appointed by an independent fund administrator.

RWE have over 25 years’ of experience in delivering Community Benefit Funds, tailored to meet the individual needs of the different communities in which we operate. This experience makes us very well placed to set up a community fund for Dublin Array that really meets the needs of the local area.

Dublin Array Community Benefit Fund at a glance

Dublin Array Community Benefit Fund at a glance

In the region of €6.5 million per annum, subject to the final installed capacity.

It’s all about you

It’s all about you

A locally recruited community benefit fund committee will be responsible for setting the direction of the fund, the geographical area and making funding decisions.

Every community is different

Every community is different

The fund will be tailored to meet the unique needs of the local onshore and marine communities.

Local knowledge is best

Local knowledge is best

We will appoint an independent fund administrator with experience of funding delivery and knowledge of the local area through an open tender process.

Meets ORESS requirements

Meets ORESS requirements

The fund will be set up and delivered in line with all requirements of the Offshore Renewables Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS).

We will invest early

We will invest early

Early contributions from the fund will become available during construction to help communities to plan and build capacity.

We listen

We listen

We take a flexible approach and listen to consultation responses to find out how the area surrounding the site is used for living, working and recreation.

Ensuring legal compliance

Ensuring legal compliance

The fund will be secured through legal agreements for the future and to mandate good governance.

We keep it simple

We keep it simple

We will aim for an application process that is easy, straight forward and with as little bureaucracy as possible.

We’re here for the long-haul

We’re here for the long-haul

We will be here for the long-term, up to 20 years. We encourage communities to plan for the future to support sustainable development and build a legacy for future generations.

Global goals

Global goals

We will be aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Adopted by all UN Member States in 2015.

And this is just the beginning

And this is just the beginning

The fund committee will create a development delivery plan, which will be consulted on and reviewed every 3 years to make sure the fund is relevant in the future.

RWE’s community benefit funds at our operating offshore wind farms in the UK have helped to improve the quality of life for people in many ways. One such fund is the Gwynt y Mor fund which is administered by Community and Voluntary Support Conwy, an independent grant making organisation. As will be done for the Dublin Array fund, they were appointed following an open tender process. All decisions on how to distribute the fund are made by a committee of local representatives.

The video below provides an overview of just some of the ways the fund has impacted local people.

RWE’s community benefit funds at our operating offshore wind farms in the UK have helped to improve the quality of life for people in many ways. One such fund is the Gwynt y Mor fund which is administered by Community and Voluntary Support Conwy, an independent grant making organisation. As will be done for the Dublin Array fund, they were appointed following an open tender process. All decisions on how to distribute the fund are made by a committee of local representatives.

The video below provides an overview of just some of the ways the fund has impacted local people.

To find out more please visit www.gwyntymorfund.cymru.

We have already collected some early views of members of the local community in relation to community funding as part of our Autumn 2020 consultation. This was achieved through a poll in which over 1,000 people participated. Strong support was demonstrated for the idea of funding energy saving initiatives, community projects as well as training and education activities. We also included a question on the Fund in our Spring 2023 public consultation feedback form, and highlighted details of the Fund in the webinar held on February 8th. We will continue to review any suggestions we receive and would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.

Having achieved success in ORESS 1 in June 2023, and committing to a Fund of €2/MWh, we would love to hear your ideas about how the Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm could best support your community, so we can consider these when we begin the process of appointing an independent community fund administrator.

You can contact us by emailing us at dublinarray@rwe.com, calling us on 01 9020317 or writing to us at Dublin Array, RWE Renewables Ireland Limited, Unit 5 Desart House, Lower New Street, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

To find out more please visit www.gwyntymorfund.cymru

We have already collected some early views of members of the local community in relation to community funding as part of our Autumn 2020 consultation. This was achieved through a poll in which over 1,000 people participated. Strong support was demonstrated for the idea of funding energy saving initiatives, community projects as well as training and education activities. We also included a question on the Fund in our Spring 2023 public consultation feedback form, and highlighted details of the Fund in the webinar held on February 8th. We will continue to review any suggestions we receive and would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.

Having achieved success in ORESS 1 in June 2023, and committing to a Fund of €2/MWh, we would love to hear your ideas about how the Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm could best support your community, so we can consider these when we begin the process of appointing an independent community fund administrator.

You can contact us by emailing us at dublinarray@rwe.com, calling us on 01 9020317 or writing to us at Dublin Array, RWE Renewables Ireland Limited, Unit 5 Desart House, Lower New Street, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.