Turkish Delegation Visits Folkecenter for Learning about Community Power
By Daniele Pagani
The centre has recently received a visit from a Turkish delegation, as part of the “Powering Communities in Turkey” project. The project, co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, and carried out by Folkecenter and EUROSOLAR Turkey, has as aim the adoption of community power principles applied in Denmark. Community power will be crucial for the transition to renewable energies, also in Turkey. Energy democracy, development in the local communities and local acceptance are all benefits that may only result from community power solutions.
The delegation consisted of five people for each of the four Turkish communities (Diyarbakır, Van, Çanakkale and Burdur) involved in the project. The participants were policy makers, municipality representer, local organizations and associations, university professors and engineers.
The study tour took place between 28 September and 5 October and, during this period, the delegation had the chance to visit many renewable energy installations in Denmark: to mention some, the National Wind Test Centre in Østerild, Hvide Sande (where a good example of community power is available), Tvindkraft (the oldest 2 MW wind-turbine in the world) and Lemvig biogas plant. More details on the programme can be found here.
Besides the study visits, the delegation also attended seminars at Folkecenter, where series of presentations by Danish companies and field experts, group discussions and preparation of road-maps for each community took place.
The guests were very satisfied with the study visit and they came back to their communities with a complete new perspective on renewable energy and community power, which they will for sure take in consideration when planning the future energy solutions for their communities.
The entire Folkecenter team would like to thank the guests for their visit and for all the interest and the commitment that they showed during their study tour.
The Turkish delegation during their visit in Hvide Sande