9 June 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Bawnmore wind farm, near Macroom, Co Cork will hosting a Walk and Talk Open Day on Friday the 16th of June to mark Global Wind Day 2017 and showcase the positive power of wind. Global Wind Day is an international event that celebrates the power and the possibilities of wind energy.
Above: Google Map showing main entrance to the Wind Farm (zoom out to get better context, or click on Google logo to open full screen)
Bawnmore wind farm Walk and Talk Open Day takes place on Friday June 16th at 10am until 2pm. Organisers will be hosting a guided walk along the windfarm which will be suitable for people of all ages and ability.
Global Wind Day is coordinated by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) with Open Days and Walks taking place on wind farms around the country to mark the positive power of wind energy in Ireland. There are 250 wind farms across the island of Ireland supplying the grid with enough energy to power almost two million homes and businesses. In Cork wind farms now generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of almost 328,000 homes.
IWEA Chief Executive Dr. Gary Healy said “Global wind day is an annual event celebrated and marked by people across the world involved in, interested in and energised by renewable energy. It is an opportunity to showcase the great strides being made in Ireland with this clean, green, natural and home-grown resource. The wind industry in Ireland is marking 25 years this year and we’ve made huge progress in that time. We are proud to play our part and proud to represent so many others across the country who are working to ensure a sustainable energy alternative for future generations.”
Bawnmore wind farm Walk and Talk Open Day takes place on Friday 16th of June from 10am -2pm. Meeting point is at the main entrance.
Established in 1993, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) is the national body representing the wind energy sector in Ireland. IWEA is committed to promoting the use of wind energy in Ireland and beyond as an economically viable and environmentally sound alternative to conventional generation and promotes awareness and understanding of wind power as the primary renewable energy resource. IWEA is also dedicated to education and awareness building, and to building the skills base of the renewable energy sector in Ireland. IWEA has more than 200 members who incorporate all leading industry voices in Ireland. IWEA acts as a central point for information for its membership as well as a voice to promote wind energy to government. IWEA is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of its members.