New wind energy education centre in Sheringham

A new wind energy education centre is to open in Sheringham in February.

The Sheringham Shoal Visitor Centre which will be associated with the Sheringham Shoal Windfarm Project, will be on the first floor of the Mo Museum in Sheringham.

It is hoped that the fit-out will be completed in time for it to receive its first visitors during the February school half-term holiday week,

The education centre will include graphic and interactive displays, showing the processes involved in the development, construction and operation of an offshore windfarm.

Kari Hege, stakeholder manager for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Windfarm Project, said: 'I believe we have achieved a balance in the design and planning of the visitor centre, which means it will be of assistance to schools, where climate change and renewable energy feature in the curriculum, also to students researching in the area or looking at career options, as well as having a great appeal as a tourist attraction to visitors to north Norfolk.'

The Sheringham Shoal offshore windfarm, owned by Scira Offshore Energy, is located between 17 and 23km off the coast of north Norfolk and will comprise 88 wind turbines, generating enough clean energy to power almost 220,000 British homes.

The project is now under construction phase and will be fully operational by early 2012.