Individual homeowners and communities alike are benefiting from some green businesses being developed in Holland. Local adaptation of these ideas is a great way to contextualize these world-changing concepts for use in your own community.
Met de Stroom Mee Develops Renewable Energy to Entire Communities
If you’ve got a whole community that wants to go green but not enough money to build individual solar installations or wind turbines, pool your resources and do it collectively. That’s what Met de Stroom Mee, a Dutch organization is doing. They’re working with individual consumers to help them crowd-source the resources they need to get entire communities outfitted with residential solar installations.
Working something like a daily green deals site, they’ve given consumers the opportunity to come together and collectively commit to purchasing solar energy. Once 10,000 households have made the commitment, they’ll go to solar energy companies (Nuon, Eneco, Dong, Electrabel, Oxxio, Direct Energy, to name a few) and ask them to provide the best possible price for the entire group. It’s a great way to harness the power of the crowd to get green work done.
Another Dutch company, NXP Semiconductors has created a signature GreenChip wifi solution for controlling the lighting in your house. It’s an internet-based solution that works by giving consumers the ability to wirelessly turn energy efficient lighting on and off. Every light bulb is given a unique IP address which is then used to monitor energy consumption and provide wireless on-off capability from a PC, tablet, smartphone, or even the TV. It can also be used for appliances to expand the functionality.
It’s a great way for homeowners to reduce their lighting energy consumption in a convenient, low-cost manner. They also carry lighting (CFLs and LEDs) standby power converters, and other home energy savers.