Samsø is Denmark’s charming green island that is 100% self-sufficient in renewable energy.
Home to a population of 4,000 people, the island’s inhabitants are committed to living a green life, using and producing only 100 percent renewable energy.
A whole range of environmentally friendly practices have been initiated to serve the whole community on the island, which is situated off the east of Denmark and nestled in the Kattegat Sea. The people of the island completely own its own energy supplies, as opposed to relying on big companies.
The community is now putting energy into the Danish national grid and are acting as an adviser to other island communities around the world.
About 4,000 to 6,000 guests from all over the world visit the Energy Academy annually, interested in learning how Samsø became sustainable and self-sufficient. The wind turbines and other technology are not only a good investment in terms of sustainability and energy savings, but they also encourage tourism and increase the overall prosperity on the island.
The transition to renewable energy took place over 10 years. In 1997, the Danish government created a competition to see which municipality could become the first Danish community that worked entirely off of renewable energy. The people of Samsø made a detailed plan of which technologies would be used to make it happen, and they won the competition, along with the support of the Danish government.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea