Bolton school pupils have been learning first-hand about renewable energy during a visit to England’s second largest wind farm at Scout Moor.
A total of 60 Year 6 pupils from Eagley Junior School joined experts from Peel Energy at the South Pennine site, walking up to the 100 metre tall turbines and witnessing the power of the 40m rotating blades. The group of enthusiastic 10 and 11 year olds learned how the turbines are constructed, how much energy is produced by the wind farm and the importance of renewable energy sources.
Class teacher at Eagley Junior School, Sophie Jacques, said: “We love finding new and exciting ways to educate pupils on important messages, especially around environmental awareness. The visit itself formed part of our project focusing on the environment and energy sources. It was a brilliant way to demonstrate how wind farms work and encourage the pupils to think about where energy comes from.
“Following the visit, the pupils are building their own mini turbine structures, and we’re holding a competition to see which turbine generates the most power. Seeing the turbines close up on the visit has certainly fired their enthusiasm for this project and they picked up some fantastic facts about renewable energy.”
The visit was led by Peel Energy’s Development Manager, Steve Snowdon, who said: “At Peel Energy we believe it’s important to educate future generations about the importance of renewable energy sources and we fully support school visits to our wind farms to provide memorable first-hand experience.”
Scout Moor Wind Farm is the second largest onshore wind farm in England. Built by Peel Energy in 2008, it produces electricity from 26 Nordex wind turbines which provide enough power for almost 40,000 homes.
Peel Energy is currently building a new wind farm in Frodsham, Cheshire. Once operational, Frodsham Wind Farm’s 19 wind turbines can generate over 50 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.
For more information visit www.peelenergy.co.uk