About US
Community

Through its mainstream business activities and its community involvement policy, Viridian Group seeks to make a positive impact on the communities in which it operates.

The Energia Community Fund
The Energia Community Fund is designed to support community projects in the locality of our wind farms in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the fund is to further enhance the benefits that wind farm development brings to local communities.  The fund is distributed on an annual basis during the lifetime of the wind farm, typically 25 years, commencing one year after the wind farm starts producing electricity.

Energia developed its first fund in 2012 which preceded the NIREG Community Commitment Protocol but mirrors the benefits to the community. Community bodies can apply for funding on an annual basis from a pool of money and any unused funding is carried into the next financial year.  Applications will be evaluated by The Northern Ireland Community Foundation on a competitive basis against a list of criteria and funding distributed to approved projects.

Power NI Community Project
Quest is Power NI’s new community project for 2013.  Starting on the 1st May six community groups from across Northern Ireland will compete against each other in a bespoke 10 step energy saving programme with help and funding from Power NI throughout the challenge.  Each of the six groups will begin the challenge together but the first group to reach the 10th step will win £10,000 to invest in renewable technologies for their area.

 

Energia Renewables

Energia Renewables own and operate the Viridian Group’s wind farms. 

As well as the Community Fund for the local community, Energia Renewables hold open days at the wind farms and participate in Global Wind Day – where wind farms all around the world are open to the public on the same day in the middle of June. At this event the public are informed about wind farms, the process to get them built, the local environment and how they actually work.
    
Students from Crighshane Primary School learning all about wind farms

 

Energy Services
The Energia Energy Services team are responsible for researching, planning and delivering energy services and programmes that support Ireland's 20% energy reduction target by 2020.

We have a wide range of energy services tailored for business to help reduce costs and to be more sustainable.  Our programmes range from training to hardware and advice to literature and the majority are provided free.  We also provide guidance on funding and in Northern Ireland distribute free grants through the NISEP programme. The Energia programme has generated a reduction of over 640Gwhrs of lifetime savings since its inception in 2004/05.

Charity

 

 

Viridian community        Energia staff getting adventurous for MS Ireland

         

Energia

Energia has successfully concentrated its charitable donations through it's Involvement & Communications Staff Group and in 2012/13 has supported MS Ireland as its nominated Charity of the Year.

The target of £10,000 has been achieved with staff participating in adrenalin activities of zip lining over the river Lagan, abseiling down the Europa Hotel or sky diving from a plane above Wicklow, to more sedentary activities like wearing something green to work for St Patricks Day, slippers to work, or cake sales.         

Viridian Community Charity
Michelle & Laura from Power NI pictured with Joanne Young from Macmillan Cancer Support NI
 

Power NI

Each year Power NI chooses a charity to fundraise for. This year the chosen charity is Macmillan Cancer Support NI. The charity committee in Power NI has raised funds with bake sales, raffles and they are also due to take part in the Belfast City Marathon in May. In recent years Power NI have supported Northern Ireland Hospice, Ulster Cancer Foundation, Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children and  Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

 

Sponsorship

 

Energia

Energia considers applications for support from community bodies and clubs. These organisations help develop the community in which they reside and provide support to all age groups. Recent support to a GAA club in Dublin and a soccer club in Cork demonstrates the diversity in our sponsorship.
    
Young stars of Riverstown Football Club in Cork pictured in their new Energia jerseys.

Power NI

In the past two years, Power NI have provided over £50,000 of assistance to local schools, sports and community groups.

In the past two years, Power NI have provided over £50,000 of assistance to local schools, sports and community groups.

Goups which have benefited from Power NI’s help include the following:
Little Stars Nursery, Bangor
Ballycastle Camogie Club
Greenisland Boys Brigade
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church
Youth For Christ



Emma Moffatt of Power NI pictured with representatives of Greenisland Boys Brigade