The Danish Windmill has been “green” since 1848! It’s interesting to note that once our mill was one of thousands scattered across the Danish countryside, and that today it stands amid fields of modern wind turbines on the Iowa prairie. The VikingHjem is partly dug into the ground with a turf roof like a Viking pit house. There are two electric vehicle charging stations at the Mill.
Denmark has been a global leader in clean energy. The oil crisis in the 1970s prompted the green transition and since then, green energy has been a top priority.
The potential of wind energy was pursued further and a new wind turbine industry developed as an off-shoot of agricultural machine manufacturing. In 1979, the first commercial wind turbine was erected. Two Danish organizations emerged as leaders in wind power technology. Today MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa produce one-third of the world’s wind energy.
The Danes have taken a holistic approach to renewable energy, water management, waste recycling, energy-efficient buildings and green transportation including bicycling. Today, 30 percent of all energy used in Denmark comes from renewable sources including bioenergy from agriculture, wind, solar, and geothermal. The public and private sectors are committed to reaching an energy system free of fossil fuels by 2050.