German town of Feldheim is off-grid using wind, sun and biogas (pig manure): Yes, it can be done!

The small (150 people, yes, it is small) village of Feldheim (located 50 miles southwest of Berlin, Germany) is off the grid for their power and energy requirements. In fact, they produce so much energy with their wind farms, solar panels and biogas (via pig/cattle manure and shredded corn) during the colder months of the year) that they are able to sell back their excess energy to the national gird. A simple solution to an unnecessarily complex problem, and it is starting with small towns and villages around the globe.

Feldheim solar panels and wind farms.
Solar array systems and wind farms in Feldheim, Germany. Image courtesy of

A great advantage to having smaller towns and villages generate their electricity is the elimination of high-voltage transmission lines throughout the countryside. If a town proves itself sustainable, then there is no reason to “wire in” the electricity demands of said town. True sustainability and appropriate technology will be the wave of the future for those who progress toward a positive and environmentally-friendly future. Efficiency and passive design will also help to usher in the wave of the future of energy independence and a pleasant environment for all creatures great and small.

Welcome sign for Feldheim, Germany.
Welcome sign for the sustainable village of Feldheim, Germany. Image courtesy of

Just another way to make it happen, Feldheim is pioneering the way for the rest of us in this age of technology and high energy demand.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Garden solar lights.
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