Kirkcudbright Academy Hosts Talk From Renewable Energy Worker

December 18, 2014 | Community News

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A local school received a special visit from a renewable energy worker to talk to the children first hand in the importance of green energy.

S2 pupils at Kirkcudbright Academy were treated to a specially designed geography lesson, given by Jeannie Kielty, development relations coordinator for Banks Renewables.

The class learnt the process the Hamilton based employer uses to select land in Scotland for its’ wind farms and how the turbines generate green, zero carbon electricity to power homes and businesses.

They also took part in a decision making exercise, weighing up possible sites and how they can be designed with sensitivity for the surrounding area.

Jeannie said: “Renewable energy is essential to our future and it was wonderful to be able to talk and get feedback from the next generation.

“We talked about the benefits a wind farm can bring to a community, how the wind turbines actually work and explained what renewable energy is and why it’s so important for Scotland to develop its own clean electricity generating infrastructure.

“The children asked lots of questions and really enjoyed the exercise at the end of the lesson where we tasked them to find a site suitable for a wind farm.

“It was very enjoyable as the children were really engaged, so I’ll hopefully get the chance to do it again in the future.”

Banks Renewables is waiting on a decision from Dumfries & Galloway Council on its planning application for the seven turbine Knockendurrick Community Wind Farm, located between Twynholm and Gatehouse of Fleet, and has offered the community the opportunity to buy up to 5% equity in the project.

The Community Partnership approach to the scheme would see local people share 3% of the site’s gross revenue, which could be worth £6.5 million over the 25 years of the development.

Banks has also committed to using local contractors for 15-20% of the total construction cost, creating meaningful employment opportunities for local people and boosting the economy by approximately £6million during construction.

Allison Clelland, Principal Teacher Social Studies & Religious and Moral Education said: “Our S2 pupils enjoyed the lesson from Banks Renewables, completing a decision making exercise on possible wind farm sites and  how they can be designed, taking into account the needs of the locality.

“Pupils benefited from hearing from industry experts, which enabled them to place their learning in context.”

If granted planning permission, Knockendurrick Community Wind Farm would make an important contribution towards meeting Scotland’s overarching renewable energy targets of 50% by 2015 and 100% by 2020. By harnessing wind power, the site has the potential to provide enough clean, green energy for up to 14,000 homes.

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