Year 11 agriculture pupils from Saintfield High School powered on with their learning of renewable energy this week with a visit to see wind energy company, Simple Power’s wind turbine at work on Henry Doran’s farm in Drumbo, County Down.
Along with their teacher, Mrs Jackson, nine pupils visited the wind turbine on Henry’s dairy farm. The visit was co-ordinated by Simple Power to allow the class to learn first-hand about the power of wind energy in action on a farm in their local area.
As part of the tour, Saintfield High School pupils were shown the single 250kW wind turbine by Simple Power’s Planning Manager, Stuart Clarke and Project Co-ordinator, Colin Power. The Simple Power team outlined the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources and explained how farmers can utilise their land to generate clean energy for homes throughout Northern Ireland.
Ms. Watt, Principal of Saintfield High School commented: “Having a tour of the local wind turbine was a great opportunity for our Year 11 agriculture class to see renewable energy in action on the farm and learn how farmers can diversify their farm business by harvesting the power of wind. With climate change being an important global issue, it is fantastic to be able to show our pupils first-hand how steps are being taken in their local area to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Philip Rainey, Chief Executive of Simple Power, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Saintfield High School to our turbine in Drumbo. We feel it is important to bring young peoples’ learning to life and show them in a practical way how wind turbines function and how wind energy can help reduce Northern Ireland’s carbon emissions and contribute to a greener planet.”
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.
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 company fully finances each wind turbine project from the outset with landowners receiving a fixed annual 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.