Osterland energy project in Gotland

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   Spearheading a local energy system in Gotland, Sweden

Austerland Energi is an ambitious and holistic project in a rural area of 142 kms, 900 inhabitants and 369 households. The project has two main aims: benefitting the climate by switching to local solar, wind & biofuel energy and creating biochar carbon sinks; and supporting households and the local area. The story of Austerland Energi was part of the reason the Swedish government chose to make the island of Gotland Sweden’s first fossil-fuel free region. The project has completed a €40,000 18-month LEADER feasibility study and is poised to apply for implementation funds.

Achievements to date include

   Many educational activities and meetings to get businesses, farmers and community on board. 
   A Local Economic Resource Analysis
   A detailed survey and assessment of current energy use
   A scenario for a fossil fuel-free energy system that is robust, integrated and smart. It includes 
       an optimum energy mix of wind, solar and biofuels;
       energy storage options; 
       car pooling and electric car charging points; 
       new forms of cooperation, tariffs, regulations;
       biochar as carbon sink and soil enhancement; 
       solar powered desalination plant;