Greening Faroese Outer Islands

“Greening Faroese Outer Islands” is a headline of “Útoyggjafelagið”, the Association of Outer Islands, presented in 2009. The Association has expressed a wish to focus on green growth and green transition.

Eight of the 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands partake in the association are Mykines, Fugloy, Svínoy, Kalsoy, Koltur, Hestur, Skúvoy, and Stóra Dímun. The islands can only be reached by boat or helicopter. Heating and electricity supply on these islands came from fuel which could be delivered in oil barrels also by boat or helicopter.

The small community of Nólsoy is recently developing some wind projects. On Koltur, the Danish power company SEV started the shift from oil-fueled engines to wind energy, that project consists of one wind turbine, designed to allow a storage device.

Stóra Dímun is one of the outer islands that is the furthest along with the progress of greening. There, the energy comes from the heat pump, solar- and wind energy. Today all houses on this tiny island are heated with clean energy. As cooperation between SEV and DONG, the Danish energy company, a battery plant is planned. It will provide storage for the energy that comes from wind.

In 2009, a green tourism project was established on Svínoy as the cooperation of “Útoyggjafelagið”, North Adventure and local people. A boat trip is combined with the opportunity to cut peat while promoting green energy.

On Mykines, a guest- and art house is planned to be covered by solar and wind energy, local food, and local raw materials. The marketing focus would be on the green profile. On the island Koltur and Stóra Dímun, there is also an endeavor for organic farming and eco-tourism.

Keywords: collaboration, small-scale energy production, renewable energy, wind energy, solar energy, ground source, green tourism, green farming, Faroe Islands