In promoting a ‘green Christmas’, SSE Renewables, in partnership with the Arklow Christmas Festival Committee and Arklow Municipal District, has today announced a competition to design a Christmas decoration from recycled materials. The competition is divided into four age categories: 7 and under; 8-10; 11-12; and 13 years and over. Winning competition category prizes include ‘One for All’ vouchers. One lucky child, with the overall winning entry, will be selected to help Santa turn on the Christmas lights at the launch of the Christmas Festival on Saturday, 26th November 2022, in St Mary’s Park, Main Street, Arklow.
Completed competition entries should be dropped into the Arklow Library on Main Street by Saturday, 19th November.
Deirdre Keogh, SSE Renewables Community Engagement Manager for Arklow Bank Wind Park said: “We are delighted to come on board and get people thinking about a green Christmas through our festive decoration competition. Sustainability is close to our hearts, and we are excited to see the creative, colourful, and sustainable decorations that the local children come up with and to pick one lucky winner to be the guest of honour alongside the famous Mr Claus to turn on the Arklow Christmas Tree lights.
At SSE Renewables, we are committed to the local community and look forward to working with Arklow Christmas Festival Committee and Arklow Municipal District to spread some festive cheer around Arklow this Christmas!”
SSE Renewables, Ireland’s leading developer and operator of renewable energy, including offshore wind energy, is behind the development of the next phase of its Arklow Bank Wind Park offshore wind project. SSE Renewables was granted planning permission earlier this year to develop the onshore grid infrastructure necessary to connect the 800MW Phase 2 of Arklow Bank Wind Park to Ireland’s electricity transmission grid, a historic first for Ireland’s offshore wind sector.
SSE Renewables is proposing to invest up to €2.5 billion to develop Arklow Bank Wind Park to its full potential. The project will create around 80 full-time jobs to support the operation of the new offshore wind farm.