Germany has plans to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. That might seem like a distant goal, but one small village has already achieved it.
The roots of the experiment go back to 1995, when engineering student Michael Raschemann proposed erecting 4 wind turbines on land owned by the local cooperative. In partnership with the renewable energy firm Energiequelle (Raschemann is a co-founder) Feldheim gradually expanded the wind park to its current size, of 55 turbines. The village wind farm produces so much renewable energy that most of what it produces is sold on the energy market.
In 2008, a biogas plant (powered by slurry — dung mixed with water — from livestock, and energy crops like maize and rye cultivated in the village) came into operation. Feldheim and Energiequelle also added a solar farm to their portfolio of renewable energy assets.
Currently the 55 wind turbines with capacity of 125.1 MW and the biogas plant with capacity of 526 kW take care of the energy needs of the village. The village is also home to the 10 MW Feldheim Regional Regulating Power Station, Germany’s biggest lithium ion battery storage unit, which is used for load-balancing of the grid. It can store enough electricity to power the village for two days.
With a wind farm, solar park, biogas plant, and Germany’s largest battery storage system, the village is independent of the regional utility grid, getting all its electricity and heat from a local grid paid for by residents, the municipality, EU subsidies and loans.
Watch the video with Micheal Raschemann – CEO of Energiequelle GmbH project developer:
Also read the story about excess power in Germany, that residents are paid to use power. http://fortune.com/2016/05/11/germany-excess-power/
Seems Germany is well on its way towards is 100% renewable energy goal.
Neighboring Denmark already sometimes produces more renewable energy than the nation’s citizens consume. We’ll read about it soon
This is a showcase for De-centralized solution to power production. Another example of local solutions being successful compared to Mega sized projects.