UNDP and partners provide technical assistance in developing communal renewable energy projects

Aug 9, 2013

Photo by: Inia Herenčić

The United Nations Development Program in Croatia, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Croatian Cooperatives Association and Green Action are jointly tendering a call for providing technical assistance for energy cooperatives in Croatia. Through this tender three local cooperatives/cooperatives in the process of registration will be chosen and will receive consulting assistance in developing communal renewable energy projects.

The winners of the tender will receive assistance in developing a technical and economic plan for renewable energy projects in their communities. This includes the development of an idea solution for a project within the domain of renewable energy.

Energy cooperatives are associations of local people that have joined their financial and material resources in developing locally owned renewable energy facilities.

The Renewable energy cooperatives project is a joint innitiative of UNDP Croatia, Heinrich B
öll Foundation, Croatian Cooperatives Association and Green Action and other project partners including DOOR, Lag Vallis Colapis, Energy cooperative Island Krk, Croatian Association for Solar Energy (HSUSE), Sustainable alternative to community (O.A.ZA.), Reduco Energo j.d.o.o., CEDRA Čakovec and ZelenaEnergija.org.

The main goal of Renewable energy cooperatives 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.


Please find the application documents (full project description, application form and example letter of support) attached.


The application deadline for this call is 5 p.m., 16 September 2013.