Glasgow Warrior Lee Jones was first in line today as the doors to Whitelee Windfarm’s Visitor Centre re-opened for a tenth season following a winter break.
Located on the outskirts of Glasgow, the £2m visitor centre situated in the grounds of Whitelee Windfarm at Eaglesham Moor houses a selection of interactive displays and exhibitions that bring renewables to life with experts from the Glasgow Science Centre.
In the past ten years, the centre has become a prime spot for education in renewable energy and offers a unique chance for members of the public to visit the UK’s largest onshore windfarm with 215 turbines operating at the site.
Warrior Lee Jones, a Mechanical Engineer, was meeting with the 25 schools set to take part in this year’s SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship, which was also launching at Whitelee Windfarm today. The grassroots rugby competition promotes active lifestyles and the possibilities of a career in STEM to young people in Scotland.
Lindsay McQuade, CEO at ScottishPower Renewables said:
“Today marks a milestone year for the Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre and we’re delighted to have the Glasgow Warriors and local schools from all across Scotland join us for the special occasion.
“Following the winter break, we’re ready to welcome more people than ever this year to Whitelee to learn about renewable energy. In the last ten years, thousands of visitors have been through the doors of our visitor centre and every year that is increasing, showing the interest in the world of renewables.
“Last year, ScottishPower announced its commitment to going 100% green leaving carbon generation behind so more than ever, we know the importance of educating as many people on the important role that renewables play now and in the future.”
The Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday (10.00am to 3.00pm) and weekends (10am to 5.00pm).
Notes to editors
Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. Its 215 turbines generate up to 539 megawatts of electricity, enough to power just under 300,000 homes*. With more than 130 kilometres of trails to explore, on foot, by cycle or by horse, with free parking and free entry to our onsite Visitor Centre, Whitelee is a great destination for a day out with the whole family.
*298,837 homes per year based on the expected average capacity factor of 27% and an average annual domestic electricity usage of 4,266kWh