Led by Ecoisland, the Isle of Wight could become the UK’s first energy self-sufficient region by 2020. But anti-wind turbine opposition may constrain its plans of using renewable energy, as Oscar Tollast discovers
Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner reaffirms support for Ecoisland, but reveals this wouldn’t come at the expense of protecting areas of outstanding beauty.
Listen to Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party for England and Wales, voice her support for wind energy, as ThWART’s Bob Denman argues the visual impact of turbines isn’t properly represented in planning applications.
A number of applications have been made for wind turbines on the Isle of Wight. The map highlights the applications ThWART has successfully fought against.
The Isle of Wight is known as the Garden Isle, the Magic Isle, and even Dinosaur Island. This gallery depicts the island’s tourist hotspots.
A number of industrial size wind turbine applications have been made on the Isle of Wight in recent years. This gallery looks at sites contested by ThWART.
The Footprint Trust, a sustainability group on the Isle of Wight, helps to reduce people’s environmental impact, but for the average person, how high are these environmental issues on their agenda?