Pupils are visited by wind farm workers

Kirkcudbright Academy pupils were visited by a renewable energy worker recently to explain the importance of green energy.

S2 pupils at were treated to a specially designed geography lesson, given by Jeannie Kielty, development relations coordinator for Banks Renewables.

The class learned the process the Hamilton based employer uses to select land in Scotland for its wind farms and how the turbines generate green, zero carbon electricity to power homes and businesses.

They also took part in a decision making exercise, weighing up possible sites and how they can be designed with sensitivity for the surrounding area.

Jeannie said: “Renewable energy is essential to our future and it was wonderful to be able to talk and get feedback from the next generation.

“We talked about the benefits a wind farm can bring to a community, how the wind turbines actually work and explained what renewable energy is and why it’s so important for Scotland to develop its own clean electricity generating infrastructure.

“The children asked lots of questions and really enjoyed the exercise at the end of the lesson where we tasked them to find a site suitable for a wind farm.

“It was very enjoyable as the children were really engaged, so I’ll hopefully get the chance to do it again in the future.”

Banks Renewables is waiting for a decision from Dumfries and Galloway Council on its planning application for the seven turbine Knockendurrick Community Wind Farm, located between Twynholm and Gatehouse of Fleet, and has offered the community the opportunity to buy up to 5% equity in the project.

Objections have been lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council over the plans, yet the Ministry of Defence has withdrawn its objection which had been lodged due to its nearby low flying training exercises.

However, following a period of consultation on the specifics of the proposals, its objection was withdrawn,