Ballynahinch boy, Lewis Walkingshaw, age 6, has been named the winner of Simple Power’s annual “Spring Wind Energy Challenge” and was awarded his prize by Simple Power’s Chief Executive, Philip Rainey, at their Belfast-based headquarters this week.
Philip Rainey, commented: “Our Spring Wind Energy Challenge aims to encourage young people to think more about wind energy as a resource and how it is being used on a daily basis. We were very impressed with Lewis’ entry and we were very pleased to present him with a £50 gift card for Smyths Toy Store.”
Simple Power launched the competition at the Spring Farm Machinery Show at Fintona, County Tyrone, which took place from 28th – 30th January. It was the team’s fifth year at the region’s premier agricultural event to showcase their recent single wind turbine installations within farms throughout Northern Ireland.
The company, which works in partnership with farmers across the country to help diversify their farm incomes with wind energy, recently installed a total of nine new turbines in Counties Tyrone, Antrim, Down and Londonderry over a six month period.
Simple Power fully finances each wind turbine project from the outset with landowners receiving a contract guaranteeing a fixed rate of income. Simple Power’s expert team manages the entire process, from site assessment and planning through to construction and grid connection, at no cost to the landowner.
Simple Power actively supports the farming community in Northern Ireland through a number of key partnerships with the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Farm Safety Partnership, and the annual Farming Life Awards, as well as an ongoing partnership with Rural Support, a local charity committed to helping farming and rural communities across Northern Ireland.