Our Story – Templederry Renewable Energy Supply t/a Community Power
Community Power is Ireland’s first community owned electricity supplier. We are a partnership of community energy groups working for a sustainable energy future for Ireland. We grew out of Ireland’s first community owned wind farm, Templederry Wind Farm in Co Tipperary, and now are working with Irish communities to develop more renewable energy projects owned by people!
It took us almost 12 years to build our first, and only wind farm, and it has been operating from the foothills of Slieve Feilim since November 2012. Our two turbines are generating about 15 GWh of electricity every year, which is about the amount of electricity used by the town of Nenagh. Now we are buying renewably generated electricity from a handful of small and micro hydro and wind generators across Ireland and selling it to our customers to use in their homes, businesses, farms and community buildings.
Our mission is to support Ireland to run on clean, renewable power, but as if that’s not enough we also think people should also have a real stake in it, and own it for themselves. We recognise that Ireland’s energy system is in crisis, with over 90% reliance on climate polluting fossil fuels, but many people are struggling to pay high energy bills in cold homes. That’s why we are working to make sure the many benefits of generating renewable power is shared by the people and communities of Ireland.
We are grateful to be supported by some fantastic groups including the Tipperary Energy Agency, Friends of the Earth and Smart M Power.
We are excited to be working with excellent community energy organisations, Energy Community Tipperary Co-operative, Aran Islands Energy Co-operative, Tait House Community Enterprise, Claremorris and Western District Energy Co-operative. You can read more about each one here.
Community Power is a trading name of Templederry Renewable Energy Supply Ltd. The Registered Office of Templederry Renewable Energy Supply Ltd is Friary House, Friary Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Registered in the Republic of Ireland No. 477115.
This project is supported as part of the European Regional Development Fund through Interreg North-West Europe.
Templederry Windfarm Power Day 02/02/2020
A wonderful day at Templederry Community Owned Wind Farm. People from all over Ireland turned up and all interested in Community Renewable Energy projects. The future is bright!
Thanks to all the support on the day to make the event a success.
-Thanks to Killeen School
-Thanks to RTE who showed up on the day, Conor Kane Reporter, Patrick Tagney the camera man and Gordon O’Toole the sat van editor
-Thanks to The Templederry Team
-Thanks to the donated and fresh local produce! The Farmhouse Jam- Templederry, Shan Og Dairy produce and Global Hydrate Water from our neighbours in Borrisoleigh.
What We Do
The Community Power initiative has three components;
- We catalyse, part fund and project manage community owned, renewable energy facilities such as solar, wind, hydro and biomass.
- We provide communities with optional PPA’s (power purchase agreements), so they can sell their excess electricity, thereby improving their revenue stream from their power plants.
- We sell electricity to communities and the wider market
- Our contracts have no early termination clause, which means customers are free to leave whenever they wish without penalty. Our community ethos and our service level agreements are the strengths that bind us to our customers – who in the vast majority of cases are also our owners.
- We provide businesses, large and small, with an ideal opportunity to lead by example in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility. Every euro spent and every kilowatt hour of electricity used – facilitates the development of additional community owned renewable energy generation facilities, in their neighborhood, and around the country.
- We provide a meaningful ownership structure for communities and individuals in the renewable energy sector – to ensure that the surplus revenue generated stays in the communities, thereby buttressing the local circular economy.