In the lead up to Global Wind Day on 15 June, Larne-based renewable energy company RES has hosted a number of school visits to Northern Ireland wind farms.
Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School in Dunloy recently enjoyed a visit to Gruig Wind Farm that lies near Corkey, Co Antrim.
The pupils were given a tour of the wind farm, with the visit designed to integrate sustainable development into education and help pupils develop an understanding of the challenges, impacts and responsibilities of making lifestyle choices that reduce our environmental impact.
RES Community Relations Manager Victoria Graham said: “The school children really enjoyed visiting the wind farm and we were very encouraged by the interest they showed in the environment and their awareness of how the lifestyle choices we all make impact on our natural resources and the quality of our environment.”
Class teacher, Bernie Doherty commented: “While the children can investigate wind energy, read books and articles about wind turbines and research the topic using the internet, nothing is more effective than actually experiencing the reality of the wind farm while speaking to the expert staff and engineers in their unique work environment.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and hope to return again sometime in the future.”
Since 1995 RES has hosted 30,000 visitors to its owned or operated wind farms throughout Northern Ireland. The visits are aimed at improving pupils’ awareness of sustainable energy and renewable energy technologies in line with curriculum requirements.
Gruig Wind Farm was built by RES in 2009 and consists of 10 turbines totalling 25MW.
The wind farm is adjacent to the existing wind farm at Corkey, which was also developed and built by the RES Group, in 1994.
Gruig is located 3km east of Corkey village, 5km southeast of Loughgiel and 6km east of Cloughmills.
The project was built by RES, along with subcontractors drawn from the local and wider markets for the civil and electrical works.
The wind farm is now owned by Glennmont Partners but operated and maintained by RES on their behalf.