Carinthia - 100% Renewable Energy Region
Carinthia is the southernmost Austrian state
Carinthia´s biggest solar plant is privately owned by Regina and Adam Rohr located on a mountain farm. The solar plant has a power of 1.3 MW and could provide electricity for up to 600 households. Photo by: KLZ/Harald Schwinger / Kleine Zeitung
Pumped-storage facility Oschenik | Photo by: Kelag Bildarchiv
Hydro-power facility Schuett | Photo by: Kelag Bildarchiv
100% Renewable Energy Goal Achieved:
100% Renewable Electricity (100% of Consumption and 98% of Production)
100% Renewable Energy Goals:
100% renewable energy for heating in 2025 and for transportation by 2035
Region of Carinthia, Austria
Carinthia is a region in the mountains of southern Austria with 550,000 inhabitants and is one of the leading renewable energy regions in Europe. Carinthia uses 100% renewable electricity from local water power, and all the utilities sell only 100% renewable electricity.
The region also uses 70% renewable energy (biomass) for heating, with a goal reaching 100% by 2025.
Currently 12% of transportation demand is covered by renewables with an aim to get to 100% by 2035.
By 2013, 55% of Carinthia's total energy supply was coming from renewable sources. Despite an increase in building space of 40% from 1990 - 2011, Carinthian households were able to achieve a 45% reduction in CO2 emissions during this period thanks to the regions energy choices.
Renewable energy, along with other advanced technologies, contribute to the local industry base, with pump storage companies, a solar thermal factory and a cluster of biomass businesses all making the region their home.