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New wind farm and Green Schools Revolution education centre open

22/10/2012 by Green Schools

Last week, we opened two fantastic facilities on the site of our Coldham farm, Cambridgeshire – a state of the art Green Schools Revolution Education Centre and a brand new wind farm.

Green Schools Revolution Education centre

The innovative ‘Green Schools Revolution’ Education Centre will enable schools to study a host of sustainability topics in one location, such as:

  • Renewable energy, where pupils will be able to visit one of the wind turbines
  • Healthy living, where pupils will be able to get out on to the farmland to learn all about how food is grown and how to prepare a healthy meal.

The centre, created in partnership with Fenland District Council, will provide a key education facility for our Green Schools Revolution programme, which has already been joined by over 5,000 primary and secondary schools right across the UK.

Schools signed-up to scheme already have access to a wide range of free cross-curricular classroom resources and activities giving young people and teachers the tools to inspire change in their schools, homes and local communities.

Read more about the benefits of the Green Schools Revolution programme – FREE for all UK schools.

White Mill wind farm

White Mill, a brand new £18.5 million 14 mega watt wind farm, has seven new turbines adjacent to our existing eight turbines on Coldham Farm and will be a major draw for schools from far and wide.

The seven new turbines at White Mill are a joint venture between The Co-operative Group, including The Co-operative Bank, and Ventus VCT plc, and are situated on Co-operative Farm land. The turbines will:

  • Offset 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year
  • Combined with the existing wind farm, generate in excess of 70 GW hours of electricity per year – enough to supply approximately 16,500 homes

We will procure all the energy generated from White Mill, securing a long term green energy source for the business. Thanks to developments such as this, we are well on the way to achieving a key element of our Ethical Plan to generate 25 per cent of our electricity needs from its own renewable energy projects by 2017.

Rob Ellis, Sustainable Development Manager at The Co-operative Group, said: “This is a fantastic example of how The Co-operative Group’s businesses can work together with a focussed social agenda that will benefit local communities and inspire the next generation to be the green pioneers of the future.”