Energy cooperatives not only provide access to affordable clean energy, they also create local jobs and allow people to decide on power generation and distribution. As value-driven, membership based organisations, cooperatives can empower and give voice to those who have previously been excluded from services and decision making.
This publication presents a collection of case studies of cooperatives from around the world working on energy production, distribution and consumption. These examples provide insights into how the cooperative model is contributing to bringing sustainable energy to different areas of the world and its potential for further growth.
The paper is structured in four chapters:
Although the last two chapters are primarily aimed at policy makers, the introduction to the energy cooperative model and the examples in chapter 2 can be a great inspiration for those thinking of starting a community energy project.
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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.