School kids learn about wind energy and turbines
Young South Wicklow primary school pupils got to see a local wind farm up close recently as they visited Raheenleagh Wind Farm as part of Global Wind Day 2016.
The event is celebrated across Europe to raise awareness of the positive benefits of our clean, safe and renewable wind energy. Raheenleagh Wind Farm invited pupils and teachers from St. Patricks National School, Barnacleagh and Ballintemple National School, Ballycoog to site for an educational tour and explanation of the construction of the wind farm and its operation.
The schools, along with Ballyfas NS and Scoil Iosagáin, Coolgreany also welcomed the wind farm project team for classroom workshops.
Raheenleagh wind farm involves the installation of 11 Siemens turbines. Once operational the wind farm has an installed capacity of over 35 MW and will generate clean energy to power 22,500 homes per annum. The wind farm expects to become operational in October and Raheenleagh Forest will reopen to the public at that stage.