Social innovation projects in Spain will once again receive special attention this autumn. Co-organized by Som Energia and Coop57, the Germinador Social is a contest to stimulate the creation of innovative social models with the aim of promoting new local agents for the energy transition. The contest winners of this year’s Germinador were selected through two channels – one project was selected by the public, and four projects were selected by a jury – and will present their projects at the Som Energia School in Mataró, Spain, on 4-6 October.
The popular voting prize, awarded in July, went to Bioclimatiza tu cole (Bioclimatise your school). Through this project, the Cotidiana cooperative intends to provide an analysis and a guide for personalized bioclimatic solutions to four schools. In each school, Cotidiana will organize participatory awareness raising workshops for students, as well as dissemination activities, to explain and implement bioclimatic solutions.
This 3rd edition of the Germinador will feature a special award in the field of energy poverty – and this new category has already made first waves! The projects submitted were so different, that the jury decided to award two projects instead of one (making five winners in total):
In the energy transition category, the jury selected the following projects:
The total prize money for the Germinador Social is 31,500 Euros, which come from the voluntary donation of a part of the Som Energia contracts, and which are distributed among the winning projects. Those in the energy transition category will receive 5,000 euros each, and the two of energy poverty will be distributed 10,000 euros (65% and 35%, as decided by the jury). In addition, the Coop57 Foundation will subsidize a portion of the financial costs of a possible loan to the winning projects. The prize for those who win the public vote will be in kind, with a value of 1,500 euros in services processed through Cooperativa Opcions.
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