Current policies relating to renewable energy project deployment

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I Subsidies for heating systems provide reimbursements to households for up to 50% of the total for any investment that will increase energy conservation or efficiency.

I Necessary bank loans required for capital investment in renewable energy installations are guaranteed by the council.

Guidance

I Sesearch and dissemination of knowledge

• An Energy Academy with a visitor education centre has been opened in Ballen.

• Citizen meetings are held regularly.

• Local workshops have been organised within the district heating scheme areas.

• A public campaign for the promotion of renewable energy and project installations has been undertaken.

Direct mail campaigns to residents have been conducted. Innovative policies and replication potential

Sams0 council is exploring the potential of using methane gas from its small landfill sites that are no longer in use. Gas from one landfill site already generates sufficient electricity to run a 15 kW gas engine generating set. The electricity generated is sold to the NRGi grid. Further exploration of using methane is expected; Sams0 Deponigas I/S, a co-operative, was created for this development.

In 1997, Sams0 was completely dependent on oil and coal, which was imported from the mainland. Today, it is carbon-neutral and uses 100% renewable energy in all areas other than transport, which is also making significant strides to meet this goal. As one resident simply stated, "Our successes can easily be replicated elsewhere."

Helpful websites i a ttp://www.energiakademiet.dk/ i a ttp://www.samsoe.dk/

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