A relatively small town in Poland has received the ManagEnergy Award from the European Commission for its accomplishments regarding renewable energy. The town of Kisielice, which has a
population of approximately 2,222, has been working to reduce
emissions, abandon its reliance on fossil-fuels, improve air quality,
and embrace clean energy. The town’s efforts have been successful, as it
has reached a point where it can powered completely by renewable
The majority of the town’s clean energy comes from wind power and biomass. Ample agricultural land has created
an ideal home for wind energy systems. More than 50 wind turbines, each
with a capacity of 95 megawatts, have been installed around Kisielice.
These turbines have been assimilated into farmland because of their
ability to take advantage of local wind resources without negatively
affecting agricultural output.
6 megawatt is also located in Kisielice, which is used
to supplement the electrical power that is being generated by the town’s wind turbines.
The boiler burns cereal straw that is produced by local farmers. This
has also generated some economic activity, as the boiler purchases the
cereal straw from the farmers. The is connected to a
district heating network that provides heat to 85% of the community
buildings in the town.
This is being considered a significant accomplishment in Poland,
where 90% of the country’s electrical power and heat comes from coal.
Poland has been working to embrace renewable energy in recent years, but
breaking the country’s reliance on coal has proven to be a difficult
and expensive task. Kisielice may be able to serve as an example of what
could be done if clean energy is taken more seriously and the town has
been recognized by the European Union for its accomplishments in clean
energy and sustainability.
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