Pupils visit Carsecreugh Fell site

The pupils with Mark Hargreaves and Miruna Cires
The pupils with Mark Hargreaves and Miruna Cires

Pupils from Castle Kennedy Primary School took time out from the classroom to visit to the 18-turbine wind farm on Carscreugh Fell, 3km north east of the village of Glenluce on Friday.

The 22 pupils from the school’s primary 5 to 7 classes (9 to 12 year olds) made the trip to look at the control building as well as the wind turbines themselves. The visit formed part of their class studies on the topic of pollution and conservation and the pupils learnt how a wind farm operates as well as the role played by renewable energy in addressing climate change.

Mark Hargreaves, maintenance supervisor, and project manager, Miruna Cires (far right)

Mark Hargreaves, maintenance supervisor, and project manager, Miruna Cires (far right)

The turbines for the 15.3 MW wind farm have a maximum height to the blade tip of 70m and were approved by the Scottish Government in March 2012, with construction recently completing.

The wind farm operator, Carscreugh Renewable Energy Park Ltd is owned by specialist investor and asset manager, John Laing plc. Gamesa have constructed the wind farm and will carry out the operations and maintenance services for 10 years.

In addition to the wind turbines the development also includes a control building housing switch gear, metering equipment and control equipment; access to the site via the A75; on-site access tracks; underground cable routes and a meteorological mast.

Around 40 people have beeen employed on site preparation and infrastructure works, a figure which rose to around 70 for the delivery of the Gamesa wind turbines.

Miruna Cires, Project Manager for Carscreugh Renewable Energy Park Ltd, said: “We were delighted to have the pupils from Castle Kennedy here to look at the completed turbines and talk them through the process involved in the delivery of the wind farm. It is also very timely given that they have been putting a lot of effort into studying pollution and conservation in the classroom to be able to outline to them the benefits of renewable energy in the context of these issues.”