Pupils hop to it for Easter treats

The pupils of Laurencekirk Primary School were treated today (30 March) to an Easter egg hunt with a twist – it was at Tullo & Twinshiels Wind Farms wildlife walk. Renewable energy developer Eneco UK, provided the children with bunny ears and a traditional Easter egg hunt.

The children were given a talk about wind energy which is produced near to the school, highlighting the significance of green energy within the wider energy mix. The hunt, was also an opportunity to remind the children about the local wildlife walks while having fun hunting for eggs. One lucky pupil snapped up a family cinema ticket to be used during the Easter holidays.

The wildlife walk opened in September 2014 following the inauguration of the wind farm’s extension, Twinshiels. A combination of trees have been planted since the opening to help attract more species to the area like; Alder, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Hazel, Oak and Silver Birch.

Zoisa Walton, Country Director of Eneco UK says: "We thought this would be a good opportunity to talk to the children about the benefits of renewable energy and how it’s produced locally at Tullo and Twinshiels wind farms. We decided the wind farms wildlife walk would be the ideal location to hold an Easter egg hunt as well as an opportunity for the children to see how the wildlife walk has evolved. Easter is also becoming a time to think about the environment and the small things we can all do to help such as recycling our Easter egg packaging."

Along the walkways are boards designed to share information about what species stand to benefit from the habitat improvement measures Eneco has put in place, as well as telling the story of the local area. Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms produce 42MW which is enough power to supply the equivalent to 24,000 homes*

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For further information, please contact Seona Shuttleworth at Eneco on 01926 331217 or seona.shuttleworth@eneco.com.

Note to editors

*Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details about the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website.

Tullo Wind Farm. Number of turbines: 7. Effective capacity: 17MW. Turbine type: Nordex N80 (2.5MW each). Power supplied: Equivalent to 9,500 homes

Twinshiels Wind Farm. Number of turbines: 10. Effective capacity: 25MW. Turbine type: Nordex N80 (2.5MW each). Power supplied: Equivalent to 14,000 homes

About Eneco UK Ltd:

Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) is based in Warwick and headed by Country Director, Zoisa Walton.

Eneco UK is a sustainable business in renewable generation, incorporating both large-scale onshore wind and solar assets. Since 2008, the business has built an impressive portfolio of five wind farms in Scotland amounting to over 200 MW of capacity. In 2013 Eneco opened an additional office in Dochfour, near Inverness to support this growing portfolio in Scotland. The Warwick based company supplies high profile businesses including Heineken, AkzoNobel, Unilever, and Scottish Water. The 10 MW solar project, based in Swindon provides an innovative direct supply to Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM).

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In January 2016, the company established a new business feature; innovative products and services providing sustainable energy solutions for both businesses and consumers.