Originally known simply as Wade, the township of Wadebridge earned its suffix in 1460 when a local magistrate built an archway bridge. Since then, however, nothing noteworthy has occurred in the Cornish village... until today.
Wadebridge now has the honor of becoming the United Kingdom's first completely solar-powered town. After making headlines a few years back with the ambitious endeavor of reaching 30% renewable energy by 2015, the municipality jumped headfirst into the research books and came out with the idea of a sustainable solar farm. With the worldwide prices of sun-harnessing technologies dropping, it was only a matter of time until solar cells were adopted by countryside businesses, which are typically too far away for electrical cables. Former oilman Jeremy Leggett has helped renew the town of Wadebridge with a solar grid that generates up to 250 kilowatts of power.
Though German towns like Wildpoldsried are not only energy independent, but produce 321% more clean energy than they use, the efforts made in Wadebridge are an integral step in the right direction for the UK.
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