Judges blown away by young artists’ winning wind farm design competition entries

July 15, 2014 | Community News

Artworks designed by six local children have been picked to be displayed on the bases of the turbines at a South Yorkshire wind farm.

Barlborough-based renewable energy firm Banks Renewables set up a competition for schools located close to the Penny Hill wind farm to design pieces of art that could be transferred onto each of its six turbines.

After receiving over 100 entries, Banks hosted more than 70 visitors at the Penny Hill site to see the winning designs unveiled on site, as well as to find out more about how wind farms produce renewable energy.

Ellie Cowley from Treeton Primary School, Leah Mitchell of Thurcroft Academy, Aston Fence Junior And Infant School’s Emma Feetham, Lauren Gammons and Haiqua Ali of Whiston Worrygoose Primary School, and Aughton Primary School’s Emily Wood were chosen as the six competition winners, and can now show see their work on the turbines at the Penny Hill site, which sits to the south east of Rotherham and west of the junction of the M1 and M18.

Banks also held a separate competition to name each of the turbines, with the judging panel choosing Zeus, Zephyr, Thor, Mistral, Cardea and The White Queen from all the ideas put forward.

The attending children all took a tour of the Penny Hill site before seeing the winning designs revealed, to find out more about how the wind farm was built, how electricity is generated by the turbines and how it is transported away to the National Grid and around the country.

Lewis Stokes, development relations coordinator at The Banks Group, says: “The response we had to our competition was fantastic, and narrowing down all the entries to just the six winners was an incredibly hard job for the judging panel.

“There was a lot of excitement about seeing the winning designs and names in place – we think they all look fantastic, and they will be there for everyone to see for many years to come.

“As well as putting their artistic ideas forward, the children taking part in this project had the chance to learn more about a range of environmental topics, and we hope what they heard on the day about the energy and community funding generated by the Penny Hill Wind Farm will be useful to them in the future.”

Brad Johnson, Carbon Reduction Officer for Rotherham Borough Council, adds: “Young people across the Borough get the opportunity to learn about the significant energy issues we face as a society and the value of energy through our Low Carbon Schools programme.

“Energy, and renewables in particular, often capture the imagination of our youngsters, and the Penny Hill competition offered a unique opportunity for them not only to visit a working wind farm, but to understand how it was built and how it works.

“Penny Hill not only generates renewable and clean energy, but also acts as an excellent local educational resource to remind us about the importance of saving energy and decarbonising our supplies.”

The six-turbine Penny Hill scheme began generating renewable energy last year, and is now making a significant contribution towards meeting Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s renewable energy targets.

The benefits fund associated with the wind farm, which will be worth over £500,000 across its 25-year lifespan, is already enabling Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people.

Organisations which have received grants from the Penny Hill community benefits fund so far include the Maelstrom Explorer Scouts, who used a £1,000 grant to replace and upgrade their ageing stock of tents, the Ulley Millennium Trust, who have resurfaced the car park at Ulley Village Hall using a £5,287 donation from Banks, and Treeton parish Council have received a number of grants totalling over £5,000 for a range of key community projects.

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