THE Irish wind energy sector launched a new training course for primary and secondary school teachers in Dundalk on Thursday last.
The course, which is the first of its kind in Europe, aims to strengthen knowledge and understanding of Ireland’s massive reserves of renewable power.
Speaking at the launch of its first Kid Wind course in Dundalk, IWEA CEO Michael Walsh said: “Ireland has the potential to create 28,000 jobs in renewable energy by 2020.
“However, any lack of synergy between our energy and education policies could jeopardise the delivery of these jobs.”
He added: “To realise this potential, it is crucial that we support our educators in their skills and understanding of Ireland’s cutting edge technology in the wind energy industry.”
Commenting on the launch of Kid Wind teacher training, Fergus O’Dowd TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said: “As we move away from expensive and polluting fossil fuels, renewable energy will increase dramatically in Ireland and all around Europe over the coming decades.
“This expansion will provide economic opportunities and will be one of the areas where job opportunities of the future will come from.”
For more details go to www.iwea.com.