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In Focus - ECOPIA. Feldheim: Germany′s renewable village. Ask the residents of Feldheim to describe their community, and there's at least one consistent answer: quiet.

Feldheim: Germany′s renewable village

The village, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Berlin, Feldheim is home to 128 residents. On the surface, it's unremarkable. But beneath Feldheim's lone street runs a network of electrical cables and heating pipes powered entirely by renewable energy. Petra Richter, 51, is a life-long resident of Feldheim and acts as the village's mayor. She said the villagers are immensely proud of what they have accomplished. "It's unique that in such a short time we all got on board, and that everyone had the chance to help make this a reality," she said.

From wind to biogas to solar The roots of Feldheim's energy experiment date back to 1995, when entrepreneur and then-engineering student Michael Raschemann proposed erecting four wind turbines on land owned by the local farming cooperative. Feldheim's electric car charging Station. New grid Role model? 2015 Best-Performing Cities. 100 Resilient Cities. Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet.

News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king and climate change activists were described as “the equivalent of the flat-earthers” by US senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet

“I was called an Al Gore clone, a tree-hugger,” says Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a community of about 50,000 people some 25 miles north of Austin. Briggs, who was a key player in Georgetown’s decision to become the first city in the Lone Star State to be powered by 100% renewable energy, has worked for the city for 30 years. He wears a belt with shiny silver decorations and a gold ring with a lone star motif, and is keen to point out that he is not some kind of California-style eco-warrior with a liberal agenda.

In fact, he is a staunchly Texan pragmatist. “I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,” he says. “Sun will, though. Greenest-city-2020-action-plan-2013-2014-implementation-update. מעלות:100% אנרגיות מתחדשות. הבטים כלכלים על עצמאות אנרגטית. Drake Landing Solar Community. Go 100% Renewable Energy : Fukushima Prefecture - 100% RE by 2040. Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Photo credit: Σ64 / wikipedia.org.

Go 100% Renewable Energy : Fukushima Prefecture - 100% RE by 2040

אוקי מחפשים עוד מידע נפלא כזה. German town goes off the grid. Go 100% Renewable Energy : Welcome. Go 100% Renewable Energy : City of Aspen - 100% Renewable Power by 2015. The City of Aspen's Canary Initiative is a commitment to reducing city and communitywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

Go 100% Renewable Energy : City of Aspen - 100% Renewable Power by 2015

Downtown Aspen Colorado on a typical fall afternoon. Photo credit: City of Aspen In 2009 and 2011, the city installed photovoltaic capacity at the water treatment plant. Photo credit: City of Aspen Downtown Aspen, CO, with view to ski slopes. Sunny the Solar Roller. Sunny is sponsored by a grant from CORE, and is maintained and run by the City of Aspen ZGreen program. The City of Aspen is located in the Rocky Mountains in the state of Colorado and home to just over 6,600 people. Britain's First Solar Powered Town? Inspiring Story Continues (Video) Image credit: Solarcentury When I wrote about an entire town's plan to go solar, and its incredibly ambitious short-term goal of generating 30% of its electricity from renewables by 2015, the response was enthusiastic.

Britain's First Solar Powered Town? Inspiring Story Continues (Video)

But what's so special about Wadebridge? How are they going about making this happen? How can other communties follow suit? A series of short videos aims to answer these questions and more. As mentioned in my previous post on Wadebridge's solar initiative, these efforts have been made possible by the Government's generous feed-in tariffs for solar and other renewables. But it would be wrong to suggest that this is all about subsidies and economics.

Finacial Benefits: Town in Mass. saves $400,000 per year in electricity costs with solar & wind. Scituate is the first town in Massachusetts to power all of its government services using only renewable energy.

Finacial Benefits: Town in Mass. saves $400,000 per year in electricity costs with solar & wind

All municipal services - including water, sewer, municipal buildings, and streetlights - will soon be powered by the sun and the wind. The town expects to save over $400,000 per year in electricity costs and the best part is that they didn’t have to buy the solar panels or wind turbine. Too good to be true? Here’s the deal. Private investors purchased and installed the equipment on municipal land, so those companies paid for and own the equipment.

First, Use Less Energy The first step in saving money on energy is not to generate your own, but to use less. Next, Generate Energy After improving their efficiency, they hired a consulting firm to do a wind site analysis. Still under construction is a 3 megawatt photovoltaic array, which is being built on a municipal landfill. Images courtesy of the Town of Scituate Use the Grid for “Virtual Storage” Payback Period. This Big Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely By Wind And Sun. GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – There’s a fast-growing city in Texas that also has one of the most progressive energy programs in the country — and it’s not Austin.

This Big Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely By Wind And Sun

Located about 30 miles north of the Texas capital in a deeply conservative county, the city of Georgetown will be powered 100 percent by renewable energy within the next couple years. Georgetown’s residents and elected officials made the decision to invest in two large renewable energy projects, one solar and one wind, not because they reduced greenhouse gas emissions or sent a message about the viability of renewable energy — but because it just made sense, according to Mayor Dale Ross. “This was a business decision and it was a no-brainer,” Ross told ThinkProgress from his office along one of the city’s main thoroughfares. “This is a long-term source of power that creates cost certainty, brings economic development, uses less water, and helps the environment.” Georgetown. Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable. Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy as of today, according to city officials.

Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable

The Colorado mountain town is best known for its posh ski resorts, but this beautiful town also has established itself as a leader in environmental stewardship. The city had been using about 75 to 80 percent renewable energy until Thursday when it signed a contract with wholesale electric energy provider Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, in order “to achieve this final leg of our goal,” David Hornbacher, utilities and environmental initiatives director, told The Aspen Times. The goal was proposed 10 years ago as part of the city’s Canary Initiative, which “identifies Aspen and other mountain communities as canaries in the coal mine with respect to their sensitivity to the effects of climate change.”