During educational visits to Green Directions, students experience and learn about:
using wind power to make electricity
using solar power to make electricity
using the warmth of the earth to make heat energy
By becoming aware of the elements while walking around the farm and observing renewable systems at work, students start to understand how the forces of nature can help us to:
preserve our environment
protect our economy
increase our security
We have a 6 kilowatt wind turbine that makes about 14,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year and have just installed a 10 kilowatt wind turbine. Students take readings to find out about the strength of the wind while watching the turbine convert this into electricity to power the buildings.
Students also have fun doing experiments that demonstrate how the sun can be used to make electricity and learn how we convert the warmth of the earth a metre below ground level into effective heating.