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Wildpoldsried, Germany

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In 1997, people of Wildpoldsried, began a series of projects that produce renewable energy. The first efforts were wind turbines and biomass digesters for cogeneration of heat and power. In the time since, new work has included a number of energy conservation projects, more wind and biomass use, small hydro plants, photovoltaic panels on private houses, and district heating. Tied to this are ecological flood control and wastewater systems.

Today, the effects of this are an unforeseen level of prosperity resulting in construction of nine new community buildings, including a school,  and community hall, complete with solar panels. There are three companies operating four biogas digesters with a fifth under construction. There are seven windmills with two more on the way. One hundred and ninety private households are equipped with solar, which pays them dividends. The district heating network has 42 connections. There are three small hydro power plants. Wildpoldsried now produces 469%  more energy than it needs and is generating 4.0 million Euro in annual revenue. At the same time, there has been a 65% reduction in the town’s carbon footprint.

Currently, Wildpoldsried’s energy is produced by:
7 Windmills with 12100 KW
250 Solar Panel for electric with 4750 kWp
150 Solar Panel for heating
4 watercraft
4 Biogas companies  /use electric and  heating

The district heating system is based on 10 % wood pellets and 90 % waste heat from two biogas generators.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

General Details

Timeline: 2020
Contact: Susi Vogl
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Status Quo

Total energy consumption:
6.480.000 kWh
Percentage of RE in the total energy consumption:
469 %
Value of all economic activities (GDP or equivalent ):
30.000.000 €

Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
yes Terminated
Binding effect of the objectives
yes 100% REresolution made unanimously by county council/ government
Energy savings objective
yes Energy Efficiency Target