AN Exmoor outdoor adventure centre is hoping to take several steps up the green energy ladder by installing solar panels and a small wind turbine. The Calvert Trust, which provides activity holidays for people with disabilities, has applied to North Devon

AN Exmoor outdoor adventure centre is hoping to take several steps up the green energy ladder by installing solar panels and a small wind turbine. The Calvert Trust, which provides activity holidays for people with disabilities, has applied to North Devon for permission to implement the energy saving measures.The aim is for a 12-metre (39 foot) turbine on its site near Blackmoor Gate, and solar panels for its pool roof.Fiona Sim, development manager at the centre, said:"Our energy bills are increasing, so there's an issue about keeping our costs down to stay affordable for our visitors," she said. "But there's also a desire by staff and trustees here to be more environmentally friendly."If approved, the turbine will be supplied by Alvesta at Mullacott Industrial Estate near Ilfracombe and follows a grant by EDF Energy.It will be a "vertical axis" turbine with upright blades, a model which needs far less space and apparently makes less noise than the more familiar machines."You don't get the noise or the 'strobing' effect with these and they have been used in New Zealand for decades, it's a proven technology," said Fiona.The solar panels would be used to heat the pool, which has higher than normal water and air temperature to assist those with limited mobility. Funding is still being sought for the panels and it is also hoped to set up a plasma screen in the new Discovery Centre at the site, to show visitors how much energy is being generated and the carbon footprint reduced.