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The success of community solar energy projects in Spain
Before the summer break in 2013, Amigos de la Tierra (Friends of the Earth Spain) and Ecooo launched a joint venture under the name of “Huerta Solar Amigos de la Tierra”, a community solar energy project that would allow anyone to buy into the project and become co-owner of a clean energy production. After completing the first one, Amigos de la Tierra is about to complete the second one. This means that few dozens more concerned citizens in Spain are now helping to expel dirty kWh from the system - and at the same time hitting a 5.5% guaranteed return during the upcoming years.
CO-POWER Success Stories
CO-POWER creates 8 new national and EU level coalitions
Throughout the project eight strong public community power coalitions were built up, seven in national contexts (Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Scotland, Hungary and in the Czech Republic) and one at the European level.
Community energy & Local Governments:
Capacity building on how to integrate and set up community energy projects in local energy plans
6 April 2016 - Warsaw, Poland
Local decision-makers, planners, local government associations and networks, and energy agencies are invited to participate in this free workshop addressing the potential for roll-out of community energy.
This event will include topics such as: how community energy projects can be integrated into local energy action planning, how can a local government set up and facilitate a community energy, what are the barriers and how to access funds. Best practice from across Europe will also be showcased during the workshop.
Ask Scottish leaders to support the future of community renewable energy
Last October, Scotland reached our target of 500MW of 'community and locally-owned' renewable energy five years ahead of schedule. This is great but we must make sure many more communities in Scotland benefit from owning local renewable energy projects.
We are calling on party leaders to make manifesto commitments to double the target of community-owned renewable energy to 1GW by 2020 and also set an ambitious goal of 2GW by 2030. That way support mechanisms, like the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, will continue to exist and help deliver tangible projects for local people.