School children name turbines at local wind farm
Children at a primary school near Doncaster are celebrating after winning a competition to name the turbines at a local wind farm.
Pupils from All Saints Primary School in Hooton Pagnell submitted their suggestions to green energy company Good Energy – who own and operate Hampole wind farm.
Winning entries Windiana, Airy Fairy, Windaloo and Windy Wayne were selected after a vote on Good Energy’s Facebook page.
Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO and founder of Good Energy, said: “The pupils from All Saints Primary provided some fantastic suggestions and we’re thrilled with the winning names.
“It’s really great to get input from the communities close to Hampole. We see them as the custodians of the wind farm, which is why it was wonderful to welcome local residents and schoolchildren to the site today.”
Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster, guest of honour at the event, said: “This is a real tribute to everyone in the community who has worked with Good Energy and supported the wind farm in Hampole over the last two years.
“The schoolchildren seemed to really enjoy visiting the site. It’s great that Good Energy has given them a sense of what wind energy really means and why renewable projects are so important. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
The open day also saw the presentation of a grant for £16,400 from the community fund linked to the wind farm to local residents.
The first recipients to benefit from the community fund include St Michael & All Angels Church in Skelbrooke, which received £8,000 to upgrade its heating system.
Ruth Roche, church warden at St Michael’s, said: “We’re delighted by this news and very grateful for Good Energy’s support.
“We have struggled with our ancient boiler for years and suffered many church services and parish meetings with no heating. The upgrade will allow us to offer heated premises to not only the congregation but, for the first time, the entire community!”
Grants were also awarded to help improve facilities at Hooton Pagnell Youth Club; to repair the Hooton Pagenell church clock bells; and to a local Neighbourhood Watch group in Pickburn for a community flowerbed and bench.
Notes to editors
- Good Energy provides community benefit funds on a ‘£ per megawatt’ formula at all of its wind and solar farms. For more information on Hampole Wind Farm visit www.goodenergy.co.uk/our-wind-and-solar-farms/hampole-wind-farm
- Groups located within the Hooton Pagnell, Brodsworth, Pickburn, Hampole, Moorhouse and Skelbrooke area can apply for grants between £250 and £8,600. Applications for the current round of funding will close on 15 June 2016.
- A committee of local people reviews the funding applications and recommends how the grants should be allocated. The committee is supported by national charity GrantScape, which manages the fund.
- Funding to support local charitable and community projects will continue for the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.
- For further details of the fund and how to submit an application for the next round, please visit GrantScape’s website www.grantscape.org.uk or call 01908 247630
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