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On our way to the next one! – 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.

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Community-owned energy projects have the potential to transform our energy system. Communities and cooperatives all over Europe are creating projects where they own and are actively involved in running an energy resource.

The Community Power (CO-POWER) project aims:

  • Speed up the development of renewable energy projects by creating a favourable legislative environment. 
  • Build a broad, public coalition across Europe supportive of community renewable projects.
  • Inform and educate policymakers, empowering them to put forward enabling legislative frameworks.
  • Inform and engage citizens.
  • Make recommendations to enable legislative change in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium and recommendations to support community energy projects in EU legislation.
  • Create opportunities for public-private finance of community renewables projects in Eastern European countries.


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