Energy communities play an important role in the transition towards a 100% renewable and just energy future.
These communities are based upon a business model in which citizens jointly own and democratically control an enterprise that works on the clean energy transition. Energy communities take on environmental, economic, and social challenges while empowering people, boosting local economies, and reinvigorating communities. The potential is there: research shows that by 2050 around 45% of renewable energy production could be in the hands of citizens, about a quarter of which could come through participation in a cooperative.
Across Europe, we find inspiring examples of energy communities taking back control of the system by jointly developing and democratically managing renewable energy projects. This VIEWS takes you on a journey around Europe and highlights some of the inspiring projects that are accelerating the movement towards a cleaner and more democratic system.