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Europe’s leading eco-centre: The Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales

The year was 1973, it was the time before wind farms and solar panels. Political turmoil in the middle East sparks the first oil crisis. Oil rockets in price and a 50 mph speed limit is introduced across the UK. A group of what we now call environmentalists, have a glimpse of future without cheap oil. Their response is to set up a community in a disused slate quarry in the Dyfi Valley near Machynlleth, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.