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It's June 2010 and the retreat programme is changed so that we are not trying to study at 10.30am when a large motorised crane is due to arrive, followed at 11am by a very large articulated lorry - delivering an 8 tonne Biomass Boiler and Energy Box. All this is part of a big project at Taraloka to install biomass and solar thermal panels for hot water and space heating in the community and retreat centre.
At 7.30am we were in the Tara cabin meditating when we heard what was obviously a large vehicle arriving. Perhaps it was recycling refuse collection happening early .. in fact it was the biomass lorry driven over from Austria by a couple of friendly Bulgarian guys. Saddhanandi and Suchitta set them up with coffee and croissants for breakfast.
Three hours later the crane arrived and the transfer of the Energy Box began - it comes complete with boilers, tanks, pumps etc pre-installed inside.
This is a set of short interviews by BBC Radio Shropshire reporter Genevieve Tudor recorded on the day when the biomass boiler arrived. It features Kulaprabha, Andy from Organic Energy Ltd and some of our retreatants.
Look on the Taraloka website blog for photos.
|Taraloka Energy Project Interviews (6:27)|
Total running time: 6:27