Søren is a local islander – born and raised on Samsø in Denmark. He has been the driving force in the transition towards 100% renewable energy for the entire island. Samsø was elected to be the Danish renewable energy island back in 1997. Søren was the first employed staff member, and he has been involved in all stages of the booming energy transformation.
Søren is a farmer of education, but most importantly, he is a local that coordinates with other farmers and citizens of the island to get involved and engaged in the transition through joint ownership and responsible participation. Yimby – “yes, in my back yard” is short for the acceptance of windmills and other installations in your neighbourhood.
Today, Søren is leading the Samsø Energy Academy – a place for learning, meeting, and networking for the future energy transition. Søren works locally and globally as a writer, speaker, and organizer.
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