Wind energy is the most mature of the existing renewable energy technologies and plays a fundamental role in the current energy transition. Yet, its social acceptance and community engagement and public participation in wind energy projects, particularly onshore, remains a challenge.
This report summarises the WISE Power project’s key findings with regard to social acceptance status quo, innovative financing models, improved local engagement, and support for wind turbines, while enhancing local community participation in the planning and operation phases of wind energy projects. Although this report is built around the project objectives and activities, readers developing their own community energy project can find valuable information on the the social acceptance of wind farms in chapter 4. These pages offer insights on the social acceptance of wind projects, highlighting the importance of public participation and providing options to overcome opposition to the projects, and explain innovative financing models focusing on how they best contribute to enhancing social acceptance. Moreover, five case studies are described and analysed to provide further understanding of the topic.
This guide provides a very first introduction to community energy financing. To make it easy to read and hands-on, it includes 14 practical and recent financing stories of European energy communities.
This guide presents the different ways municipalities can work with their residents to kickstart and support community energy projects. It builds on the most relevant publications on the topic and includes many examples from all over Europe.
Whether you don’t know where to start from or you are stuck with a specific issue in the development of your energy community, an expert can help you.