A Dutch company seeking to construct eight giant wind turbines in the Lingaun Valley near Carrick-on-Suir has been told their money is not wanted after proposing to give the local community a yearly payment of â‚¬25,000.
The Ahenny Action Group (AAG) has slammed DunoAirâ€™s proposal to set up a community benefit fund if the Carrigadoon Wind Park on Coillte owned lands at Carrigadoon and Curraghadobbin Hills gets the green light. The group has vowed to â€œfight to the deathâ€ to stop the wind farm being built near the Ahenny High Crosses and Coshel passage tomb. â€œWe thought we were unshockable at this stage, but this latest move from DunoAir really takes the biscuit,â€ said Ahenny Action Group Chairperson Mairead Sheehan.
â€œWe do not want their money. We cannot be bought off or silenced. We will not sacrifice our precious landscape for their cash, which ironically is actually ours as wind plants would not exist without taxpayer subsidies,â€ she added.
DunoAir is proposing the community benefit scheme would pay â‚¬25,000 a year over the 30 years lifetime of the wind farm project. It is also proposing a community turbine co-ownership scheme where individual local residents can invest in a community turbine that returns an annual dividend.
An investment of â‚¬500 would secure one share in the community turbine returning a minium guaranteed 4 per cent annual dividend with extra for residents living within a 4km radius of the site.
DunoAir said the scheme was an opportunity for the local community to participate in the project and it was based on the companyâ€™s research of best practice community benefit models in Ireland and Europe.
But Mairead Sheehan said the proposal was a â€œvery low and desperate tactic by a Dutch firm who seem intent on coming into a community where they are not wanted and destroying it with their noisy machines...â€.