Environmentally-aware pupils from Carhill Integrated Primary School in Garvagh, Coleraine, visited Simple Power’s newest wind turbine on local farmer Ian Pollock’s land.
Around 20 pupils visited the new turbine at Braemar Farm, which produces many varieties of its locally renowned ice-cream. The visit was co-ordinated by Simple Power to allow the children to see wind energy in action in their local area.
As part of the tour, Carhill Integrated Primary School’s P5, P6 and P7 classes were shown the single 250kW wind turbine by Stuart Clarke and Colin Power from Simple Power. Mr Clarke outlined the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources and explained how wind and other natural resources are being utilised to power homes throughout Northern Ireland.
Miss Mc Fee, Carhill Integrated Primary School teacher stated: “Having a tour of the turbine was a great opportunity for the pupils to see renewable energy in action and learn first-hand how it can help reduce our carbon footprint. The pupils were fascinated by the wind turbine, it made a real impression on everyone and really brought the pupils’ learning to life.”
Philip Rainey, Chief Executive of Simple Power said: “It is a pleasure to have the pupils from Carhill Integrated Primary School at our turbine in Castlerock turbine. These young people are our future and we feel it is important to show them in a practical way how renewable energy is helping to reduce Northern Ireland’s carbon emissions.”
Simple Power enables farmers and their families to contribute to renewable energy generation while also turning their land into a sustainable and reliable source of income. The locally founded company has installed a total of nine new turbines in Counties Tyrone, Antrim, Down and Londonderry in the last six months.
Simple Power actively supports the farming community in Northern Ireland including key partnerships with Rural Support, a local charity committed to helping farming and rural communities across Northern Ireland, the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Farm Safety Partnership and the annual Farming Life Awards.