logo keeaBaunatal (named after the Bauna) is a town in the district of Kassel, North Hessen, Germany. It was created on the 1st of January 1964 and emerged from formerly independent communities Altenbauna, Altenritte, Kirchbauna, Großenritte, Hertingshausen, Rengershausen and Guntershausen as a result of the settlement of a Volkswagen AG plant in 1957. Baunatal has a total area of 3.827 ha and a total population of 27.925 inhabitants.
In the area of renewable energy a lot has happened in the last few years. Among other things, since 2005 there is a support programme for the use of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. Since then, 419 applications were submitted and a total of 1.945.000€ was paid out as interest-free loans.
The city itself has a number of photovoltaic systems installed on municipal buildings. These provide additional power of 393 kWp that can supply additional 84 four-person households.In the field of wind power an inter-municipal wind farm is planned in cooperation with neighboring communities Edermünde, Gudensberg and Niedenstein. It is anticipated that the farm will operate as a community energy cooperative.
In 2012, a biogas plant in Großenritte district was built. It generates 1,6 million kWh of electricity and 600.000 kWh of heat. This system supplies two sports halls of the city with heat.
In 2002 the first residential district was planned with high city requirements for energy efficient construction. The project was called "Climate Efficient and Eco-Construction and Housing - On top Heimbach". Now the city again has set up a funding programme in the area of Heimbach. In addition, there is a support program for energy renovations.

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