Generating interest: pupils visit Skelmonae turbine

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PUPILS from Arnage Primary were given a rare glimpse into the world of renewable energy generation on Friday, after a visit to a local wind turbine development.

Pupils from the school were given a tour of the devices at Skelmonae by turbine developer and local farmer David Smith, who is seeking to build two new part-community owned turbines jointly with the Formartine Partnership at sites near Arnage. The venture has already attracted a £124,000 loan from the Scottish Government, and the Formartine Partnership’s share will be invested back into local communities.

Mr Smith showed the youngsters inside the tower and to the switching station. The visit comes at the end of a teaching project about electricity generation and distribution presented jointly by the Udny Community Wind Turbine group and the Formartine Partnership to the senior pupils at Arnage School. This covered several aspects of electricity generation and distribution including gas and oil, coal, nuclear, hydro/pump storage and wind.

Formartine Partnership development officer Rod Gunson said: “The site visit was a successful conclusion to the electricity teaching project at Arnage school. I am a great believer in combining class work with a field trip and the young people benefitted from a first-hand visit to see the turbines in action close up and a slide show about their construction.”