NICEF Survey Form
Every year, Drumlin donates £2,000 per turbine (£12,000 in total) to its community fund. This community fund is used primarily for environmental and educational purposes in the communities within the vicinity of the turbines. Last year, we visited eight primary schools and conducted renewable energy workshops which involved the students building model wind turbines. We also trained the teachers in two other schools on how to deliver Forest School education.
Since the first wind turbines appeared in Northern Ireland over 25years ago, there has always been a link to local people through community funds. As a small wind turbine owner, we are getting in contact with you to see if you would also like to be involved further with your local community.
Drumlin is considering helping to setting up a new community fund called the Northern Ireland Community Energy Fund (NICEF). This new community fund, which will be run by volunteers, would aim to organise and fund (conduct) environmental education programmes in schools. This could be really effective. This will only be possible, however if owners of the 250kW wind turbines across NI choose to donate to the fund.
We envision NICEF and the Drumlin Community Fund to have similar objectives – to further environmental education in the communities within the vicinity of each of the turbines.