Something is going on in a little town in Sweden that has the potential to change how the world understands and embraces sustainable energy generation for homes, housing estates, disconnected communities, city council buildings, schools or hospitals and more crucially even for mobility (powering vehicles and boats).
Mariestad is a community, located in the middle of the Swedish countryside, halfway between the capital city Stockholm and Gothenburg – an industrial city located close to the western coast of the country. With a population of 24,000 and drastically changed economic conditions, Mariestad’s Mayor Johan Abrahamsson along with the city council decided to make some bold decisions to attract investment back to the city and also give the youth a reason to stay.
Mariestad embarked on a path to becoming carbon neutral city by 2030. The city analysed its carbon footprint and identified that its cars, schools and community buildings were the largest consumers of energy (besides private homes) and made the bold decision to move to a solar PV-based hydrogen generation solution that could provide adequate energy to all of these, purely from renewable energy sources.
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