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Inspiring story in Finland


In South Karelia, Finland, citizens are bringing a neighbourly spirit to energy production. In 2013 a local group made a joint order for solar power equipment. By sharing knowledge and helping each other, they were able to build 21 solar installations, with a peak capacity of 100 kWp. Over the next 30 years they are set to produce 2,000 MWh, preventing the release of around 7,000 tons of CO2.

The sharing of experience and knowledge has helped the solar projects started, but the benefits of community ownership are yet to be explored. One can only imagine what could be achieved if there was help available to turn initiatives like this into community-run projects.

E-mail: leenakontinen@gmaiĺ.com

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