Sweden: Next RENCOP meeting on 11th December in Karlskrona

Information about renewable electricity for apartment owner associations

Energikontor Sydost works for increased production of renewable electricity. We therefore invite you to a meeting where the apartment owner association Taube 31 in Karlskrona tells about the experiences of its new solar cell system from the first ideas to the results after a few months of operation. We will also listen to a representative from the Affärsverken on their role in such projects.

Find the info in Swedish here.

Denmark: Common Purchase of Heat Pumps – Second Round

The 30th of October the first meeting out of four, about alternatives to oil furnaces was held in the village Brenderup, in Middelfart Municipality. The other three meetings are planned in Fredericia (31st of October), Kolding (5th of November) and Vejen (6th of November) Municipalities. Some of these municipality’s are associated partners in co2mmunity, and the collaboration is a witness of spreading, and sharing, experiences with Community Energy projects.

The goal of this campaign is to support citizens to change from a fossil fuel based heating solution to a heat pump, and by purchasing heat pumps collectively to reduce the investment cost.

The topics of the meeting in Brenderup were: Alternatives to oil furnaces, common purchase of heat pumps, energy renovations and heat pumps on subscription. The whole evening, experts were present and ready to answer any questions, the citizens might have.

For more information contact:
Morten Mejsen Westergaard (morten.westergaard@middelfart.dk)
Mareike Johannsen (Mareike.johannsen@middelfart.dk)

Sweden: Coming together for solar PV

As announced here the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden has held a RENCOP meeting for appartment building owner associations in Växjö on the 20th September to inform them on the possibilities for installing their own solar PV.

About 40 people from several appartment building owner associations gathered at BRF Lyckansberg. Anders Lundgren told about his owner association’s experiences with its own solar PV installation, that was installed in May. Since then the facility has generated 42 218 kWh of electricity that were used in the common areas, laundry rooms and especially for lighting. Therewith, the goal of generating 53,000 kWh / year is almost reached and the associations’ members are very satisfied.

Denmark: Climate and Energy Day in Middelfart

On the 28th September, Middelfart Municipality invited politicians and citizens to participate in the Climate and Energy Day. A day full of activities, debates and discussions about climate and energy, where everyone could participate to earn a currency specifically designed for this day and trade it with climate friendly food and more. The goal: to spread awareness of climate change and what we all together can do about it.

Poland: RENCOP kick-off

On 6th September 2018, in Warsaw, the kick-off meeting of the RENCOP partnership was held as part of the Co2mmunity project co-financed from the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 program. Find a summary of the meeting in Polish here.

It was an opportunity to hear inspiriting stories of energy clusters and join discussion with experts on future of the community energy market in Poland. Next meetings will be divided into various topics such as: legislation, financing, public acceptance, presence in the power system and more.

If you would like to be a member of this RENCOP group and support an energy transition focussing on local energy potentials – do not hesitate to join us. Please contact: sekretariat@fnez.pl

Finland: Legal barriers for solar PV, a breakfast and an interview

Many housing companies in Finland wish to install solar PV systems on their rooftops, as a survey from our partner Aalto University shows. Current legislation requires a major revamp of the metering infrastructure though.

In response, Aalto University organised a breakfast for interested parties to discuss opportunities and barriers for solar PV self-consumption last week. The barriers to energy communities in housing companies made national news and during an interview the Finnish Minister for Climate and Energy promised a solution in the next year. The topic is especially important as Finland has no Feed-in-tariff scheme otherwise supporting solar PV rooftop installations.


Picture: Solar PV rooftop on a housing company appartment building in Helsinki

Next RENCOP Meeting in South Ostrobothnia, Finland

Time: 24th of September 2018, 1 – 3 p.m. EET
Place: Premises of Thermopolis Ltd. – Energy Agency of South Ostrobothnia (Lassilantie 12 (3rd floor), 62100 Lapua, Finland)

Main topic: micro-CHP, for instance micro-CHP-based renewable community energy example of Alpua village is presented.

The event is free and open for everyone. For more information, contact: anne.viljanen@thermopolis.fi

Denmark: Second Round of Common Purchase of Heat Pumps

In week 44, a new round of “Common purchase of heat pumps” will start together with the municipalities from the Energy Alliance Triangle (Kolding, Fredericia, Billund, Vejen, Vejle and Middelfart Municipalities).

The goal of this campaign is to support citizens to change from a fossil fuel based heating solution to a heat pump, and by purchasing heat pumps collectively to reduce the investment cost.

Due to the fact, that this will be the second round of the campaign, we can use what we´ve learned from the first round and improve the process.

For more information contact:
Morten Mejsen Westergaard (morten.westergaard@middelfart.dk)
Mareike Johannsen (Mareike.johannsen@middelfart.dk)