Wednesday, 15 June 2011: School children from Cork and Kerry celebrated Global Wind Day today with an open day at Bord Gáis Energy’s wind farm at Kilgarvan, Co Kerry. Bord Gáis Energy organised the event to educate primary school children about wind energy through a series of fun and interactive activities.
The open day was attended by 140 primary school children from local schools, Kenmare Boys NS, Kenmare Girls NS, Kilgarvan NS, Scoil Mhuire Cloonkeen and Cúil Aodha NS, along with teachers and staff of Bord Gáis Energy. The children participated in wind energy educational activities, including: turbine painting, where they got to witness the sheer power and scale of a wind turbine up close; and a fun quiz to educate the children about the importance of wind in energy generation in Ireland. The visit finished with an energy bike competition where electrical items such as a toaster, kettle, light bulb and radio were powered by energy generated by cycling a stationary bike.
George Martin, Head of Operations, Bord Gáis Energy, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with local schools to welcome so many school children to the Kilgarven wind farm. This visit will raise awareness about renewable energy and the scale of wind resources in Ireland. As a result of a significant investment programme, wind is a key part of our energy portfolio and has an important role to play in providing sustainable and clean energy.”
The Kilgarvan wind farm has been in operation since 2006 and is Bord Gáis Energy’s largest wind farm.
Global Wind Day occurs annually on 15 June and thousands of events are organised in 29 countries to show people how wind can be part of a stable, clean energy future. Global Wind Day is coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) to raise awareness of wind energy.
Bord Gáis is a dual-fuel, all island business that serves over one million gas and electricity customers. Bord Gáis operates and develops a diverse portfolio of assets, including electricity generation, wind farms, tidal and wave ventures.