On Samsø, the world’s first island powered by 100% local, renewable energy, success rests on a high level of community ownership and buy-in: more than half of the island’s 21 wind turbines are owned by local farmers, and the entire community collectively decided on the placement of the turbines. Three of the island’s four heating plants run on leftover barley straw purchased from the island’s farmers, and the fourth uses local woodchips and a solar hot water system. The Samsø Energy Academy website has a wealth of information about the project, and this article explores the relationship between Samso’s energy system and its burgeoning organic farming movement.
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Category: Local Energy