Focus on wind farms

2016-10-05 06:00

THE importance of learners, especially those in Loeriesfontein, understanding what wind energy is all about and seeing their local wind farms up close, was recently put in the spotlight.

The importance of encouraging a deeper interest in renewable energy as a future career option for these learners was emphasised by Leo Quinn, project manager of Loeriesfontein Wind Farm.

He spoke at the Each One, Teach One awareness and career day initiative, during which a group of 38 secondary school learners of Loeriesfontein High School were hosted by Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind on Tuesday, 27 September.

According to Tina Meier of Droogfontein, the initiative is aimed at helping learners get the most out of their visit to the wind farms.

“Each participating learner received a questionnaire which needed to be completed during the day visit, for which they collaborated with the various wind farm representatives, asking questions and listening carefully to the presentations,” she said.

“A wind farm site visit followed a presentation earlier in the morning, where prizes were handed out for the best creative writing submissions, which is part of the Clean Energy, Brighter Futures Renewable Energy awareness campaign.”

The campaign was reportedly launched in March in an effort to increase awareness of wind energy and strengthen ties between the local wind farms and the surrounding community.

The wind farms further funded a large purchase of Life Science text books for all gr. 10 learners.

Kevin Foster, project manager of Khobab Wind Farm, explained that the content of the programmes is targeted at gr. 8 to gr. 12 learners and designed to fit into their Natural Science and Life Orientation studies.

“We endeavour to help learners understand the construction process and how their specific community will benefit from having a wind farm on its doorstep, both during and after construction,” added Foster.

Meier added that topics such as the basics of renewable energy, how a wind turbine generates electricity and the need for renewable energy projects within South Africa were included in the awareness programmes.

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