Energy

Test ground for appropriate energy sources:

The Project is not connected to the electricity grid.  Instead, energy needs are met through two systems – one is a mixture of pico-hydro and solar, and the other of wind and solar.  In both cases, the systems supply 220 volts to the buildings. 

A solar panel provides hot water for the main house. 

The water for the pico-turbine is captured from a small stream and transported via pipe about 800 meters to a small tank.  It is then dropped about 70 meters through pressure pipe to the turbine.  The water is then returned to the stream.

wind turbine

More photos of energy solutions

A Nature restoration project shall use small non-invasive and Nature-friendly sources of energy:

- Avoid use of new dams hydropower - kills lots of fish and other freshwater creatures and plants. Transmission lines are deadly for birds and bats.

- Avoid use of high or large wind turbines - kill millions of birds and bats every year. Animals and birds avoid sites disturbed by wind turbines, there are average 50% less wildlife in disturbed sites.

Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year!.pdf

Wind energy is tough on bats.pdf

- Large solar farms seriously harm wildlife:

Effects of Solar Power Farms on the Environment.pdf

Solar Farms Threaten Birds.pdf

Just paint a wind turbine blade to save birds and bats


“Sustainable” solutions are quite often not Nature- or wildlife-friendly, they are environment-friendly.

Independent small sources are not subject to effects in cascades,

are interchangeable and therefore less affected by climate change.