Welsh Eco-Center Celebrates Green Power

February 12, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] A unique center in Wales, demonstrating an alternative, environmentally-friendly way of life, is marking the 30th anniversary of its pioneers’ arrival. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), near Machynlleth in Mid Wales, was established in a disused slate quarry by a group of self-styled “crazy idealists.” A celebration will be held on March 1, Saint David’s Day (patron saint of Wales) in CAT’s wholefood vegetarian cafe in Machynlleth, itself marking its 25th anniversary. A Food Fair will follow the celebration (May 30 to June 1), which will be followed by and an Architecture Week (June 18 to 27). Visitors to the center’s seven-acre display will arrive by water-balanced cliff railway and see working examples of wind, water and solar power, environmentally sound buildings, organic growing and have a chance to contribute to the “alternative sewage systems.” Six staff members and their families live on the site, generating their own electricity and heating most of their water by solar power.
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