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United Kingdom

Largest indoor space buys wind power

The UK's "Millennium Dome" -- a giant exhibition tent spanning 80,000 square metres and currently the world's largest enclosed space -- has signed up for green electricity supply one month before it throws its doors open to the public for the year 2000 festivities.

The dome, built at Greenwich in south east London to mark the new millennium, is being powered by "Ecotricity" supplied by the Renewable Energy Company, a British free market supplier of various forms of green electricity (Windpower Monthly, September 1999). Ecotricity is generated from renewable energy sources such as wind, hydro, solar, landfill gas and sewage gas.

The dome is making several other attempts at environmental sustainability as well, including recycling rainwater from the roof and recycling nearly all the rubbish from the expected 35,000 daily visitors to dome. With a circumference of one kilometre and height of 50 metres, the dome is twice the size of the Georgia Dome in the United States, and large enough to contain two Wembley Stadiums.

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