Feldheim, Germany's first independent energy city

Feldheim, a town 60 km south-west of Berlin, became known worldwide for being completely self-sufficient from an energy point of view, obtaining its energy solely from renewable sources. Each neighbor had to pay 3,000 euros to have an autonomous electricity network, given the results, one of the best investments of their life. Your electricity bill is 30% cheaper and heating is also 10% cheaper.

In Feldheim, 45 families are experiencing an energy revolution, it is the first German city to achieve energy independence in terms of energy production and distribution. And it is because Germany is becoming an example of energy self-sufficiency, as is the case with this district which generates 4 times more energy than it consumes.

Feldheim’s local supply network and 100% of electricity and heating are generated by its wind turbines, solar panels and a biogas plant. The neighbors had to install their own power supply network because E.ON did not want to sell or rent the one already in town.

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In Feldheim, the energy revolution has created 30 jobs and there is no unemployment in the city.

The first wind turbines were installed in 1995. In 2008, they built a biogas plant with an electric power of 500 kilowatts. In it, 2,000 cubic meters of slurry and excrement from pig farms, 1,500 cubic meters from cattle farms, 6,150 tons of corn and 650 tons of vegetable grains are converted into four gigawatts per hour of electricity by year and 12,000 cubic meters of digestate, which he returned to the fields as fertilizer. The investment was 1.7 million euros.

They also have a 45 hectare solar park with 9,844 photovoltaic modules.

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The heat produced in the power generation process is fed into a district heating system, which provides heat and hot water to local homes, stables or businesses. On days of greatest demand, a biomass production system is used.

The city is visited by people from all over the world. They are all looking for their experience and learning to be able to implement it in their respective places. Many visitors come from Japan, a country which in recent times has been concerned about the sustainability of its cities.

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