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Private Citizens Plan to Produce Their Own Power

More than 100 Icelanders are planning to construct their own power plants and produce their own energy judging by the well-attended course Orkubóndinn (“Energy Farmer”), held by Innovation Center Iceland in Egilsstadir, east Iceland, on Tuesday.

A spring in the West Fjords. Could its energy be harnessed? Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

“We are thrilled; 140 people are attending the course,” CEO of the Innovation Center Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfússon told Stöd 2.

“This is the fourth time that we have held Orkubóndinn, attendance has been good in every part of the country but this is the highest number of attendees we have seen so far,” Sigfússon added.

In two days, farmers, land owners and others who are interested are taught how to harness the energy in springs and rivers, geothermal heat, wind power, solar energy and even the dunghill.

One of the attendees, Björn Páll Valsson, was most interested in learning how to grow rapeseed for fuel production. “There are many opportunities involved and many things that we can harness,” he said.

Earlier energy farming courses have been held in south Iceland, Húsavík in the northeast and Ísafjördur in the West Fjords.

In the coming weeks, courses will be held in Saudárkrókur in north Iceland, the Westman Islands in the south, Borgarnes in the west and Reykjavík.

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