A small village in Friesland, one of the most rural provinces of the Netherlands, has successfully resisted bureaucracy by generating its own renewable energy. A couple of years ago nearly 300 families in Reduzum, with support of their local bank, bought a modern wind turbine. With the extra income generated by this source, they installed some solar panels on the roof of their new primary school.

This approach is not unique in Reduzum. Many other projects, from the cleaning of the kindergarten to developing a new ecological housing project, are done by local volunteers rather than by local ...


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