Sunday, October 26, 2014

German Hamlet Goes Off-Grid



Feldheim is an “Energieautarker Ortsteil,” or an energy self-sufficient district. Image credit:
The tiny hamlet of Feldheim, 80 km south-west of Berlin – population 145 – is Germany's first to have left the national grid and switched to 100% local, alternative energy, swearing off fossil fuels and nuclear power! 
Electricity now comes from a wind park towering over its gently rolling fields and reaches homes through Feldheim's own mini smart grid. More than 99 percent of the wind power is sold into the national system, along with electricity from a solar park on a former Soviet military base.
As winter nears, people here will heat their homes from a biogas plant powered by local pig and cattle manure and shredded corn, while on the coldest days a woodchip plant will also burn forestry waste.
The villagers took bank loans and state subsidies to build the system, in partnership with green power company Energiequelle, but say it is paying off as electricity and heating bills have been slashed. Feldheim no longer pays for 160,000 liters of heating oil a year, said Werner Frohwitter of the local energy cooperative.
Germany's "Energiewende" or energy shift is a bright green vision for a zero-carbon future. The country is leading the way for the rest of the world to follow!
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