Green electricity for residents in Sonderborg: SAB focuses on solar energy

Housing association SAB (SmartEnCity partner) energy renovates seven departments with rooftop solar cells with battery solutions. The residents thus get green electricity. The projects are part of the association’s “energy and sustainability strategy”, which the main board has adopted. It also includes the establishment of a green ambassador initiative. Residents must help promote the green transition.

Sønderborg Andelsboligforening (SAB) is changing to “green”. This green transition must permeate the entire association with a total of 3,236 leases, which apply to both employees and residents. Since March 2018, all housing associations in Sonderborg Municipality have been working on “HAPPI”, an EU project that deals with energy renovation in housing associations and 3 housing association have been working on SmartEnCity project, Horizon2020 funded. This has resulted in an “energy and sustainability strategy 2020”, which the main boards have adopted.

Being environmentally conscious and focusing on energy optimizations is nothing new for SAB – but in step with societal developments, there is a greater focus on reducing CO2 emissions. Since 2007, ProjectZero and the municipality have worked to ensure that Sonderborg will become CO2-neutral by 2029. The new strategy (Roadmap2025) and it’s ambitious plan is strongly supported by the housing associations.

Energy renovations for more than 110 million kroner

“Therefore, the housing association focuses on sustainability, resource use, waste management and nature and environmental protection, as well as ensuring a continued biodiversity in our nature”, says Vivian Engelbredt, chairman of the main board in of the strategy of the association.

The energy renovation will cost all six housing associations 114 million DKK. So far, projects worth 30 million DKK have been initiated. From 130 departments, 67 are included. A total of 3,300 homes will be energy renovated. It should provide a saving in heat of 5.5 million kWh, which corresponds to 2.75 million kroner per. year. Additional DKK 2.6 million kWH of savings is expected with the implementation of solar cells and heat pumps. This corresponds to DKK 5.45 million DKK per year.

SAB, energy- and sustainability strategy
A total of 20 residents from SAB have signed up as green ambassadors
By Ruth Nielsen
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