Earlier this month, the Danish government announced that it had allocated grants totaling 4.2 million Danish kroner ($619,542) to nine local energy communities and projects that support climate change through renewable energy.

The Danish Energy Agency’s grants also aim to support large-scale projects that connect with local energy communities and initiatives that provide more knowledge about energy communities.

Approximately 12 projects applied to be part of the DKK 4.3 million funding pool.

Outstanding successful projects include the Energy Community Guide for rural environmentalists led by NOAH, Denmark’s oldest environmental organization, and the 75-year-old garden association Javier Mozart in Copenhagen’s southern harbour. This includes start-up funds for energy communities.

In 2022, 11 projects were awarded grants totaling DKK 4 million.

The Danish Energy Agency has announced that the next funding round will resume in the second half of 2024.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Nordic country recorded 2.4GW of installed solar power capacity at the end of last year. Denmark’s installed solar capacity was 3.2GW in May this year, the Danish Energy Agency said, with the increase coming from large-scale solar power plants that do not receive subsidies.

Denmark is expected to lead Scandinavia in solar power development, reaching 9GW of solar power by 2030, according to a report by Rystad Energy. The Norwegian research firm said Denmark is also expected to lead the adoption of green hydrogen, accounting for 12% of the European market.

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