Saturday, October 22, 2005

Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

That would be soccer and alternative energy, coming together in a proposal for a new Manchester City stadium; via Treehugger:

If Manchester City Football Club get their way and can convince the planners, then their stadium will not only be home to the the largest land-base wind turbine in the UK, but it will also be the world’s first sport stadium to be powered solely by renewable energy.* The idea is to install a 85m (280') high Norman Foster designed turbine, that would also have a viewing platform and education centre. It is envisioned that the energy would be a similar price to current fossil fool costs. And apparently the turbine has the potential to power about 4,000 homes, so locals could purchase their energy from the site too. Additionally the proposal calls for “the recycling of water and the use of solar power.” The project is being put up by renewable energy supplier, Ecotricity and the plans are currently being investigated by Manchester City Council.
* Regular Treehugger readers will know we are always wary of “firsts”. In this instance it should be acknowledged that for the period of the 2000 Olympics, in Sydney, all the competition venues used 100% 'Green Power', sourced from hydro and landfill gas energy plants.


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