From communism to wind power

Wind power is an example of the kind of opportunity that appears to have come to the right place at the right time for Poland – with turbine manufacturing rescuing the birthplace of the Solidarity movement that brought down the communist regime.

Just yards from where Lech Walesa made his first moves to bring down communism in eastern Europe, Danish businessman Thomas Gaardbo is taking advantage of the skilled workforce from the era to rescue one of Poland's most cherished historical sites.

When the European Union banned state help for the Gdansk shipyard in 2008, forcing it into bankruptcy for a third time, it seemed that all was lost for the enterprise which gave birth to the Solidarity movement in the 1970s.


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