Powerful partnership

By Richard Wright

Friday, September 16, 2011

 

Powerful partnership

Members of the EcoIsland Partnership at Bestival. From left, David Green, Ellie Stevens, Kyle Tremlett and Adam Davis.

A TEAM from the EcoIsland Partnership made the most of the largely clear skies at Bestival.

To demonstrate the value of renewable energy, the team provided free solar mobile phone charging to campers all week end in the distinctive EcoMobile VW campervan in the Tomorrow’s World field.

"This year, we teamed-up with the Ellen MacArthur Trust, who were on hand with deckchairs so people could relax in style while their phones charged.

"Made from recycled sailcloth by local company, Wight Sails, the chairs are available to hire for a small donation to the trust," said EcoIsland operations manager Joni Rhodes.

David Green, chief executive of EcoIsland, said the clouds could not stop the solar-powered effort.

"You don’t need bright sunshine, the panels can be powered just by daylight.

"It works until it gets properly late at night," he said.

They must have been doing something right as there was a queue all weekend long to take advantage of the free service.

• This weekend also saw the launch of a new forum on the EcoIsland website

www.eco-island.org/hub/ecoforum, where users will be able to register and discuss issues, solutions and EcoIsland plans as well as learn about renewable technologies.

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