05 Feb 2009 05:02:10
Eden swaps turbine for community energy scheme
A community energy scheme has been suggested as a last-minute alternative to a 127-metre wind turbine at the Eden Project.
The proposed two-megawatt turbine had drawn fierce objection from neighbours of the environmental attraction and Eden chief executive Tim Smit said he would prefer to work with locals instead of against them.
Speaking to the St Austell Guardian, he said how he withdrew the application two days before it was due to go before planners because he feared it might win.
He said: "I felt uncomfortable with the thought of winning the debate because we are Eden."
Mr Smit also said that the turbine had acted as a stalking horse, generating discussions which had resulted in an agreement with the local community on setting up a scheme that would benefit everyone.
He told the newspaper: "In the next 60 years, every single aspect of our lives will have to change, from what we eat to what we drive.
"We have to start thinking about this. Community energy schemes are far more effective, and we were already thinking about whether it was possible to link in the community around us."
The Eden Project was built in an old clay pit and is famous for its distinctive bio-domes. It has attracted local protests before over the increased traffic and pollution it was feared would be generated by the construction of a third dome.http://www.edenproject.com/index.php