area around the wind turbine at Lynch Knoll, near Stroud, will become
home to a new forest which embodies the environmental philosophy
of Ecotricity, a Gloucestershire based electricity supplier.
business is centred around providing electricity to consumers from
environmentally friendly means of generation such as wind farms.
Their currently have several wind turbine sites across the UK.
creation of this new forest reflects the company's desire to give
something back to an environment we already take a great deal from.
the company first started to supply electricity to homes in 2003,
they made a promise to plant a tree for every new customer that
switched to them.
around 7,000 customers currently being served by Ecotricity, they
will be planting almost triple that number beside the wind turbine
at Lynch Knoll.
trees will be planted in the new forest which will be varied, featuring
several different types of tree. The woodland will include such
trees as oak, ash, beech, maple, birch and willow. In addition,
there will also be a number of footpaths which will be open to the
public next year.
site at Lynch Knoll is an important one because Ecotricity's very
first wind turbine was built there back in 1996. It's proved to
be a valuable environmental resource as it provides electricity
to 400 nearby homes from a pollution free source.
project is part of the environmental commitment that underpins Ecotricity's
corporate values and that of its creator, Dale Vince.
company is the brainchild of Dale Vince, who's a committed environmentalist
and passionate advocate of the use of wind power.
Ecotricity, his lifestyle reflected his environmental beliefs. He
opted for a low-impact, alternative lifestyle where he used small
windmills to generate electricity to power his home. This small-scale
wind farm encouraged him to take the concept a step further.
began learning more about using wind to produce power, and developed
his own wind monitoring tower. Energy companies became interested
in his technology and commissioned him to develop the wind towers
further. This enabled him to plough money into building his own
large-scale wind turbine at Lynch Knoll in Gloucestershire.
with the money he was receiving for the electrically generated by
his wind turbine, Dale decided to set up his own company to sell
electricity directly to the user.
has since picked up a number of awards, including an OBE for his
services to the environment and the electricity industry.
looks like a real success story in a world where the use of alternative
power sources is becoming a much more important issue.
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