You could call Father Iustin a pioneer. He installed a wind turbine long before the hundreds that you can now see from this hill appeared. He was the first monk in the Constanța region to power his monastery with renewable technology and now he gladly advises other monasteries to do the same.
“I like being a monk,” says Father Iustin Petre, one of the founders of the Casian Monastery in Romania. “It is free, no stress.”
It is quiet up here. Birds float on the wind over a landscape that would be at home in the Mediterranean. A small wind toy spins on a post and even the cats and dogs that inhabit every Romanian scene are friendlier.
Letting one’s eyes drift across the landscape, it is impossible to miss the forest of wind turbines that surround Casian. The turbines of the largest wind farm in Europe, Fantanele–Cogealac, are everywhere. The hundreds of wind turbines might put some people off, especially at night when the aviation warning lights flicker, synchronised, like a ghost city. But Father Iustin likes them.