The Fountainstown Solar Light Project’s Bright Idea for Cork was a 2014 winner.

Their bright idea was to harness the power of green energy for a much-needed solar powered light at the local bus stop.

HOW THEY USED THEIR FUND

Fountainstown Solar Light is a project in Co. Cork that received €4,000 from KBC’s Bright Ideas in 2014.

This coastal community’s bright idea was to harness the power of green energy for a much-needed solar powered light at the local bus stop.

Local people – especially the elderly – who used the bus stop found it unsafe as it was so dark. Fast-forward one year later and the bus stop has been transformed for the community to use safely, particularly in the long winter months.

David Mulcahy, who made the application to Bright Ideas, explains that the area has become much safer at night since the solar light was installed in January.

The funding has even stretched far enough to plant a fir tree beside the bus stop which he hopes will grow to 20ft.

“This will be lit at Christmas using the surplus energy generated by the solar light at the stop.”
David Mulcahy, Fountainstown Solar Light Project

Delighted with how the funding has aided the project beyond the initial plan, David is now organising to have phone chargers installed at the bus stop too.

ADVICE FOR THOSE ENTERING

Having seen how much KBC’s Bright Ideas has benefitted his own community, David encourages other small communities and projects to take inspiration from the initiative and apply.

“I was very surprised to receive funding as I believed our project was too local. My advice to this year’s applicants is to apply, no matter how small you feel your idea is. It’s so simple and straightforward to apply and the whole online application process took less than two hours.”