Location: Manmoel, United Kingdom
The Manmoel area in Wales is a small village surrounded by farmland. On the site of the current ecofarm, there used to be a farmhouse in disrepair owned by Arthur Davies and his family. Rebuilding it was a challenge, as they faced a lack of electricity, water and gas.
With the help of various organisations, Arthur and his wife Sue obtained a planning permission in 2011 and completed the farmhouse in 2013. Besides building the family a new home, the purpose of the project is to showcase new, efficient renewable energy solutions. The result, Maes Yr Onn, is a completely self-contained, off-the-grid farmhouse. It has 21 photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting technology, a biomass boiler and an innovative skirting radiator system to heat the home. The Davies family hopes to show that it is possible to live with sustainable, renewable energy sources without reducing quality of life. The design of the house was recently awarded the Wales Planning Award.
Do you think that off-grid living is possible without compromising quality of life? How can this be expanded to more parts of the world?
Environmental impact: Efficient water use & avoided use of fossil fuels, including avoided emission of GHGs and harmful substances
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