The 6C Construction Studies group visited Raheenleagh Windfarm located on Croghan mountain on Wednesday 25 October 2017.
Raheenleagh is a wind energy project owned in equal partnership between Coillte and ESB, which is located approximately 8 km west of Arklow within the Raheenleagh forest, Ballinvalley, Co.Wicklow. The wind farm became operational on the 20th September 2016.
Raheenleagh has an installed capacity of 35.2MW and will generate enough energy to power 22,500 homes per annum.
The group learned about the generation and distribution of electricity from the windfarm, underground to Arklow and the under the Irish sea to the UK nation grid at Aberystwyth in Wales.
They also had a group photo taken at White Heaps where the Wexford Army camped after the Battle of Vinegar Hill in Enniscorthy, observed the source of the river Bann which joins the Slaney at Scarawalsh as well as hiking 8km to the summit of Croghan mountain 606m above sea level.
As well as these many educational benefits, one member of the group learned a very important random trivea fact…..that ‘rice krispies’ are actually made from rice!
The group was accompanied by their Construction Studies teacher David Lawton.