Community Energy: A practical guide to reclaiming power [English]

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Community energy is key to action on the climate crisis, boosting local economies, and reinvigorating communities. But how to make it happen? This handbook from Friends of the Earth, REScoop.eu, Energy Cities is here to walk you through it, step by step.

Gathering expertise from 27 projects around Europe, the guide is packed with instructions, practical tips, powerful success stories and invaluable resources to build a local, community-led renewable energy revolution. You will find information and advice on the following topics:

  • The energy transition
  • Different forms of community energy projects
  • The life of a community energy group
  • Activities energy communities can engage in
  • Technologies to produce renewable energy
  • Key steps and challenges to create your project

This guidebook is for curious individuals, a group embarking on a renewable energy journey, or a local authority making plans. It covers everything available to start a local community energy project, from tips to handle group dynamics, advice about what technology to use, and guidance on overcoming barriers.

The guide is also available in Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian.

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