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Energies 2009, 2(4), 1151-1169; doi:10.3390/en20401151

Creating Synergies from Renewable Energy Investments, a Community Success Story from Lolland, Denmark

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Baltic Sea Solutions, Højbygaard Papirfabrik, Fabriksvej 2, Bygn. A, 4960Holeby, Denmark
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Millennium Institute, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Received: 9 October 2009 / Accepted: 23 November 2009 / Published: 27 November 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Economics)
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Abstract

The island of Lolland is a showcase example of a remote local community being able to stand up to the challenges of facing environmental and social consequences of climate change while creating economic opportunities. This island has had many years of experience in implementing renewable energy (RE) projects as a way to combating peripheral poverty and promoting economic growth in a relatively remote area. The development strategy lies within the unique concept of Lolland Community Testing Facilities (CTF), which creates a forum between the private sector, research institutions and local political authorities by exploiting synergies among green investments and providing an international testing and demonstration platform for renewable energy technology and products. The present paper aims at giving an overview of integrated longer term energy planning based on Lolland CTF, its components and main features, while highlighting those critical characteristics that could make the CTF model successful and relevant for RE-based local development worldwide.
Keywords: remote areas; sustainable development; renewable energy; peripheral regeneration; environment remote areas; sustainable development; renewable energy; peripheral regeneration; environment
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Magnoni, S.; Bassi, A.M. Creating Synergies from Renewable Energy Investments, a Community Success Story from Lolland, Denmark. Energies 2009, 2, 1151-1169.

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