Islanders share wind profits

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All wind turbine operators on the Danish island of Samsø, off the east Jutland coast, have agreed to pay 1% of their profits to a fund set up by the Samsø energy department. The fund is designated for projects that will optimise life for the island's residents, such as recreational facilities, more renewable energy, or environmental schemes. In 1997, another Danish town, Fjaltring in West Jutland, started a similar fund, which has earned about DKK 100,000 (EUR 13,460) a year. The idea came as an attempt to allow everyone in a local community to see benefits from the presence of large wind turbines in their area.

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