Renewable energy cooperatives project
Energy cooperatives are associations of local people that have joined their financial and material resources in developing locally owned renewable energy facilities.
The main goal of RES-coop-Croatia project is to promote renewable energy sources through cooperatives, owned by local community. The economic potential of RES-cooperatives is in locally-owned investments, creation of new jobs and new income for local communities; it brings more energy stability (less energy-import) from locally-available sources, at a price that could be adjusted if necessary, to prevent energy poverty which comes with high prices of uncontrollable and/or imported energy.
In this sense, renewable energy is becoming a backbone of sustainable development by addressing not only energy aspect but also economic, social and environmental aspects of community development.
The specific objectives of the project is to:
- develop a knowledge base on existing energy cooperative models in Germany, Denmark, Austria and other countries that have a developed energy cooperatives tradition;
- organize ten local seminars on the topic;
- write a manual on setting up energy cooperatives in Croatia and
- pilot between one and three selected energy cooperatives that will later on serve as models for other potential cooperatives to follow
Heinrich Boell Foundation