Ninfield pupils visit solar farm

Ninfirld Primary school pupils at Pashley Solar Farm SUS-150810-120225001
Ninfirld Primary school pupils at Pashley Solar Farm SUS-150810-120225001

Pupils from Ninfield Primary School, Battle, spent some time in the great outdoors learning about climate change and renewable energy with Primrose Solar, owners and operators of Pashley Solar Farm.

A group of 26 Year 6 children spent the morning of October 7 learning about climate change and electricity production in the classroom with a session outside in the sunshine exploring how solar panels generate electricity.

The sessions were led by Lorna Lopes, Educational Consultant Primrose Farm, supported by Ruby Freeman, a student of Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College and Wendy Greenbury of Primrose Solar.

At lunchtime the group enjoyed a picnic amongst the cornflowers and poppies before embarking on a biodiversity study and tour of the solar farm conducted by Jamie Birch, Primrose Solar’s Project Manager.

The students had the opportunity to touch a solar panel and learn about the different materials they were made of and how they generate electricity.

Lorna Watkins, Year 6 Class Teacher, says it was an incredible day. “The children were so engaged throughout and learnt plenty of new facts about solar energy

“The solar farm is very close to the school, but took many children by surprise as they had never noticed it before, and they were excited to learn that their houses and school were being powered by the solar farm via the local grid.

“We feel privileged to have been invited and shown around.”

Children who attended the event were keen to express how much they had enjoyed the day, with comments including:

“I did not know there were so many animals on a solar farm!”

“I was very interested to know that our houses and school were powered by this solar farm.”

And: “Really cool – found out how many volts went to the green building (inverter)!”

The school and solar farm are located in the constituency of Bexhill and Battle, whose former MP was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, now Huw Merriman, MP, and just a few miles from the constituency for Amber Rudd, current Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Giles Clark, CEO, Primrose Solar, says the company is very pleased that their solar farm is helping young people learn about climate change and the importance of renewable energy.

Ruby Freeman, said: “Engaging and educating the new generation of energy-consumers is so important to the future of renewables investment and lobbying.”

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