July 15, 2016 | Community News
Young artists from two West Yorkshire schools have made their mark at the official launch event for a local wind farm.
Renewable energy firm Banks Renewables gave pupils at Micklefield and Aberford C of E Primary Schools the chance to both suggest names for each of the five turbines that make up its £14m Hook Moor wind farm, and design pieces of art that will be transferred on to their bases.
And now, as part of the official launch event for the wind farm, which sits on agricultural land near the junction of the M1 and A1, the winners have been revealed.
The panel of judges for the competition, which included elected members from Leeds City Council and representatives of the Hook Moor project team, decided that the best suggestions for names were Micky Blades, Turbo, Night-turn, Sky-shimmer and Eco.
The winning designs, which each have the name of its creator alongside, were also unveiled, and feature designs from Bella Leonard, Isobel Smith, Mia Kelly, Ryan Chalk and William Nicholls.
And as thanks for their pupils’ hard work, main project contractor Hall Construction has donated a new iPad to each of the participating schools.
The schoolchildren were also taken on a tour of the Hook Moor site during the event, 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.
More than 150 people from across the local area were in attendance to see Leeds City Council leader Cllr Judith Blake unveil a plaque to mark the official opening for the Hook Moor scheme, which began to generate clean green energy at the end of 2015.
The community benefits fund linked to what was the first wind farm to be built in the Leeds metropolitan area is now up and running, and the first successful grant applications made from it to local community groups are set to be announced in the near future.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at the Banks Group, adds: “The children have clearly worked extremely hard on developing some very creative ideas for the competition, and choosing the winners was an extremely difficult job for our judges.
“The reaction of the winners when they saw their work actually on the turbines was priceless, and I’m sure they’ll enjoy showing it off to their family and friends in the future.
“The Hook Moor scheme is now beginning to generate new funding for community projects that will make a real difference to the local area for decades to come, and we’re thrilled to be able to say that the first grants are now being given to groups and organisations in the communities around the wind farm.
“Modern, efficient, indigenous onshore wind farms such as Hook Moor generate safe, clean and sustainable energy, as well as offering the cheapest available form of renewable energy generation, and we’re very much looking forward to our official launch event for it.”
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