- Planet Erstwild - 20131017-Soren Hermansen

Mr. Hermansen is the director of a successful project to make the town of Samso, Denmark one of the first to be 100% powered by renewable energy. He is a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and has received many other awards. Samso is a great case study of the economic and other benefits of implementing community scale renewable energy. The Danish Foreign Embassy is sending Mr Hermansen to the US to spread the word about Samso and to promote community engagement in a future powered by renewable energy. The Sustainable Living Department at MUM organized his visit and is hosting him in Fairfield.

Soren will discuss how he organized the community of Samso to support and participate in the project and give an update on project. Samso is a rural, conservative farming community of around 5000 that is located on an island in Denmark. The Samso project combines wind power, solar power, district heating powered by biomass (large square bales of straw), electric vehicles, locally produced biodiesel, biogas and many other technologies that could be part of Fairfield's energy mix in the future. Samso is 100% powered by these renewable sources of energy and produces a surplus energy that is sold to other communities.