The concept of share certificates for wind turbines and photovoltaic plants is well established in some countries of Europe. In a feasibility study the project partners explored the conditions to extend the concept to regions in Greece and Southern Italy. The idea was to enable inhabitants from central Europe to purchase certificates for plants in southern Europe, where better wind patterns and radiation is available than is the case in the north.
- Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
- Centre for Renewable Energy Sources, Greece
- Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
- European Photovoltaic Industry Association, Belgium
The action was intended to clarify the viability of a transfer of "Solar Cooperatives" from Austria and Germany to Greece and Southern Italy. Therefore, aims of the study were:
- to analyse the potential for participation of individuals as investors in "Solar Cooperatives" in Greece and Southern Italy,
- to elucidate the prerequisites, requirements and options for the establishment of "Solar Cooperatives" in those countries via a holistic, interdisciplinary approach, and
- to make proposals for the realisation of "Solar Cooperatives" at specific sites in Module II of the project.
To reach these aims, a survey on the readiness of Central Europeans to invest in Solar Cooperatives was condcuted in Austria and Germany. This was later extended to Greece and Italy. In parallel, the legal and economic situation concerning project development in Italy and Greece was clarified, as well as the technical options available. Suitable sites were surveyed and determined. For these sites, cost-return calculations were made. The combination of findings to these questions lead to conclusions that are now available on this site.
The lessons learnt from the Solar Cooperatives project will prove valuable in assisting with the building of viable collaborations between industrialised and developing countries. That should be the next step following the conclusion of this project. The executive summary below gives an overview over the results.
This study was financially supported by the European Commission, DG XVII, THERMIE B
German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU)