Beautiful blue scape around the island of Samsø, Denmark.
Samsø is a Danish island in the Kattegat 15 kilometers off the Jutland Peninsula.
In the late nineteen-nineties, most of the island’s inhabitants were heating their houses with oil and used electricity imported from the mainland via cable, much of which was generated by burning coal.
Then, the residents of the island set about changing this. They formed energy cooperatives and organized seminars on wind power. By 2001, fossil-fuel use on Samsø had been cut in half. By 2003, instead of importing electricity, the island was exporting it. By 2005, it was producing from renewable sources more energy than it was using.
The people of Samsø heat their homes with straw burned in a central heating system. Now 100% of its electricity comes from wind power (a total of 21 turbines including an offshore wind farm and land-based windmills) and 75% of its heat comes from solar power and biomass energy.
An Energy Academy has opened in Ballen, with a visitor education center and a small exposition.