Public tenders facilitating local ownership of renewable energy installations

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There are many ways in which local, regional or national governments can facilitate local ownership of renewable energy installations. For example, awarding points for citizen participation and for creation of added value in public tenders for renewable energy projects on public roofs, land and underground is one way that proved successful.

REScoop Flanders has collected several examples of tenders and municipal decisions supporting the direct citizen participation in renewable energy installations. A remarkable example is the public tender of Eeklo that led to the first three cooperative wind turbines in Flanders in 2001.

These documents can be used as examples by local governments aiming to allow citizen participation in their renewable energy projects. Energy cooperatives can also benefit from these good examples when discussing public tenders with their local governments.

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