13 April 2022
Caption: Pictured at Meenadreen Wind Farm are Layla Baxter & Shay Roarty from Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan, Donegal. Energia Group hosted pupils from Scoil Cholmcille at a tour of the wind farm recently. Meenadreen provides clean renewable energy to thousands of homes and businesses.
Energia Group were delighted to welcome sixth class pupils from Scoil Cholmcille in Kilmacrennan to our largest wind farm, Meenadreen in Donegal recently. The impressive 95 MW wind farm, operational since 2017 comprises 38 wind turbines and generates enough renewable energy to power thousands of homes and businesses.
Speaking about the tour, Energia Group’s, Jason Doherty said “Wind farms like the one here in Meenadreen are critical in combating the challenge of climate change. Sharing my knowledge and expertise from my years in the renewables industry with pupils who want to learn about the sector is fantastic. Whilst we delivered some school workshops online during the pandemic I am delighted to welcome students back to the site where they can get a real understanding of the work that goes on here and how we can harness energy from the wind.”
We operate wind farms across the island of Ireland that will help to decarbonise our energy system. We currently supply approximately 20% of the island of Ireland’s total electricity requirements and we are responsible for approximately 25% of wind power capacity installed on the island.
Teacher, Mel O’Donnell, said, “the students were keen to find out more about the wind power and on behalf of the staff and students, I would like to thank Energia Group for facilitating this field trip. We have spoken in class about the need for climate action and it was great to see a wind turbine up close and even climb up the steps into the tower. We are keen to get our students thinking about future careers and they were very interested to hear about the different roles involved in building and operating the Meenadreen wind farm.”
Rosy Billingham, Energia Renewables’ Community Engagement Manager said, “It is so important that local people see and feel the benefit of renewable energy through our wind farm benefit funds, which support community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects situated near our wind farms. Through the Meenadreen Wind Farm community benefit fund grants totalling more than €90,000 are awarded annually.”
She added, “Not only does this wind farm generate enough renewable energy to power thousands of homes it is also an educational resource and we were delighted to facilitate students from Scoil Cholmcille.”
For more information about Meenadreen Wind Farm please visit www.energiagroup.com