Category Archives: Electricity generation

The Touraine: host to the world’s first solar powered home…..in1864!


The next time you are in the city of Tours take a trip along the rue Bernard Palissy and stop outside of number 4. There you will see an old stone plaque on the facade of a house: “A. Mouchot … Continue reading

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Lower electricity charges in Le Chatelier ~ new lamps for old


So, after 4-6 months work during 2012 the old pylons were gradually removed and new street lamps of Le Chatelier were finally installed! And very pretty the look as well…a great improvement for our hamlet!

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Lower electricity charges in Le Chatelier ~ part 2


As well as digging up the roads of Le Chatelier the château moat also had to be emptied so an electrical cable could be laid across. Cor, what a mess! (No fish were injured during the making of this electricity … Continue reading

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Lower electricity charges in Le Chatelier ~ it’s official


Over the past 4-6 months the electricity pylons in our hamlet, Le Chatelier in the South Touraine have been removed and replaced by underground cables. It’s been a right old messy job involving a fair number of periods when we’ve … Continue reading

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Images and info on the barrage on the River Creuse, Descartes, South Touraine


Construction of the original dam, or barrage, was started in 1857 and completed in 1861. It was linked to the hydro-electric generation plant that supplied electricity to the Mame paper mills in La Haye-Descartes. This power supply continued right up … Continue reading

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