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First Flight Wind continues its community consultation programme.

The consortium wants to ensure that young people are involved and informed about renewable energy and the offshore wind project. As a result, the Community Liaison Team has been working alongside local schools and colleges for the past few months to develop and now launch an education programme about offshore wind energy and the proposed First Flight Wind project.

Victoria McCabe from First Flight Wind met the staff and students from Brackenagh West Primary School in Kilkeel, and spoke to them about renewable energy and the offshore wind farm project. Pictured with Victoria are (L-R) Matthew McConnell, Richard Houston, Jenna McConnell, Cory Donnan, teacher Diane Haugh, Ellie Tremlett and Kaitlyn Hanna.

Victoria McCabe from First Flight Wind met the staff and students from Brackenagh West Primary School in Kilkeel, and spoke to them about renewable energy and the offshore wind farm project. Pictured with Victoria are (L-R) Matthew McConnell, Richard Houston, Jenna McConnell, Cory Donnan, teacher Diane Haugh, Ellie Tremlett and Kaitlyn Hanna.

First Flight Wind has focussed on delivering a fun, informative Education Programme which complements the curriculum and can be easily adopted by teachers. Recently First Flight Wind visited Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry and Brackenagh West Primary School in Kilkeel to share information about the offshore wind project with the students and listen to their views. On Wednesday they will be visiting St Mary’s High School in Downpatrick.

Victoria McCabe, Flight Flight Wind Community Liaison Team said: “It’s important that we involve the adults of tomorrow in our community engagement process. Learning about this offshore wind project allows young people to develop a deeper understanding of renewable energy in response to issues such as our dependence on imported fossil fuels and climate change.

“It also enables them to learn more about why the Northern Ireland Executive has set targets to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and increase the amount of electricity we produce from local renewable energy sources.

“Including and involving young people in this programme may also inspire them to discover how they could develop a career for themselves within this exciting, dynamic sector.”

First Flight is a consortiulm of companies from B9, RES and DONG aiming to install a marine wind farm off the coast of County Down.

Diane Haugh, teacher at Brackenagh West Primary School said: “The kids are really excited about this offshore project and this visit gave them a much deeper insight into all that is involved.”

First Flight Wind would like to hear from your school if you are interested in a visit from the Community Liaison Team and receiving informative presentation on the offshore wind project. First Flight Wind will be visiting Primary Schools between Monday-Friday-22-26 April, and Secondary Schools from Monday 29 April through to Friday 3 May.

To register your interest, email: [email protected] or call the Community Liaison Team on 028 9042 3165 before Wednesday 17 April 2013. First Flight Wind will be providing other opportunities for schools to get involved in future, so please get it touch.