What we want

Goal

To speed up local renewable energy projects in order to achieve the European 20-20-20 energy goals by increasing the involvement of citizens.Specifically, REScoop 20-20-20 aims to increase the social acceptance of new renewable energy installations by sharing practical knowledge about setting up and running local, citizen controlled Renewable Energy Sources cooperatives (or REScoops) across Europe. The overall goal is to speed up the creation of RES projects and related cooperatives in various Member States.

How

By gathering the experience of more than 400 local and regional groups and cooperatives of citizens, joining their forces, and by raising financial and technical support for new projects. This goal will be achieved thanks to:

  • An inventory of existing REScoops, their RES-projects and the experienced people behind them, with an analysis of their added value in fostering RES in Europe.


  • Testing methodologies based on best practices (business structures/financing) in at least 12 new REScoop pilot projects.


  • The dissemination of cooperative RES-approaches for leveraging the REScoop approach.

Result

Direct involvement of over 6,000 new shareholders in 12 new REScoops (Renewable Energy Sources cooperatives) leading to at least 5% reduction in their electricity consumption.

  • Methodologies based on best practices to create new citizens RES-projects such as business models, checklists, template contracts, financing and investment schemes.


  • Support for emerging cooperative RES-projects with a toolbox that integrates the learning of the more than 400 existing RES-cooperative approaches and the involvement of at least 25 volunteer mentors, trained in best practice.

  • Recommendations to EU and national Governments on fiscal, legal and authorisation policies to increase the success rate of RES-projects.