A NICE ‘bird’s eye view’ Rathmor Centre

A NICE ‘bird’s eye view’ Rathmor Centre

Press release:- NICE 5th free solar pv installation

Featured in main photo are: Conal McFeely & Declan Ferry, Rath Mor Centre; Jo Bird NICE member with installers.

rathmoredrone2 rathmoredrone1  These drone pics were kindly provided by Jack Farrell, The Hive Studios – Digital   Arts Studio


Creggan Enterprises announced it’s pleasure in its new partnership with Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) to generate electricity from the sun and to reduce their reliance on electricity derived from imported fossil fuels.

Creggan Enterprises are delighted to work in cooperation with NICE which is a not-for-profit community benefit society established to create opportunities for the advancement of community owned renewable energy projects and low carbon energy services with the financial benefits staying within local communities. The Ráth Mór Centre will be part of a unique and innovative project on approximately 9 local community buildings with suitable roofs across Northern Ireland. The installation of these solar pv arrays is to:

* Reduce our carbon emissions

* Showcase low carbon technologies within local communities

* Provide an opportunity for local communities to own a stake in renewable energy; and

* Provide discounted renewable electricity to users of community buildings

Conal McFeely, speaking on behalf of Creggan Enterprises, said that being a member of NICE demonstrates the importance of cooperative and community ownership in the provision of locally owned low carbon energy services across all communities and we look forward to the free installation of our new 48 solar panels at the beginning of June.

He said: “the revenue generated from the sale of electricity will enable us to reduce our costs, make our contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions and assist NICE to advance greater community ownership of renewable provision across the region. Creggan Enterprises wish to acknowledge the assistance of both Co-operative Alternatives and NICE who have enabled us deliver this new opportunity at the Ráth Mór Centre.”

Karen Arbuckle, NICE Director “these last few weeks the management team have been extremely busy working with our community groups and local installers to schedule installations. It is so satisfying for the Board to be able to put the Co-Op’s capital investment straight to work to generate those all important returns for our local community.” She explained NICE currently has approximately 30 community groups that would wish to avail of their solar offer. In the first phase the project can install up to nine free solar pv arrays and these are being progressed on a ‘first past the post’ basis i.e. those whose roofs are suitable and can complete the necessary documentation first.

Karen advised ‘Creggan Enterprises is one of seven groups that have acted quickly and will reap the benefits of our super initiative. We currently have two installations completed, five others including Rathmor programmed over the month of June and we are working with the others at final agreement stage to get the last couple which will fulfil our first phase project. We look forward to Rathmor Creggan’s contribution to NICE. Being a well established social enterprise we will no doubt benefit from the knowledge and experience they will bring. It is great to have other social enterprises and co-operatives on board, which is the ethos of what we are all about co-operation, sharing, strengthening, to help make a difference for future generations”.