Citizens Power Plant

Project information

Index: 1217R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location AUSTRIA OSTÖSTERREICH Vienna Wien Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2012

Topic of the practice

Climate mitigation policy

Good Practice Information

Vienna’s Citizens’ Solar Power Plants are an opportunity for citizens to partake in exploiting renewable energy, especially those who live in rented flats (around 80% of the population). This is the first project that allows active participation in the set-up and construction of solar power plants in Vienna’s urban area. Citizens can buy panels including installation, operation and maintenance.
With this special participatory concept, Wien Energie promotes not only green-mindedness among citizens and encourages customers to develop an interest in expanding power generation from renewable sources in general. In fact, with this financing model, people are enabled to take an active part in the expansion of renewables and make a personal contribution to climate protection.

Evidence of success

The implementation of Vienna’s Citizens’ Solar Power Plants is a very important project with a positive result showing how much citizens actually are interested in contributing and taking an active part in efforts to meet environmental and climate challenges. Up to now altogether 16 power plants in Vienna and in the neighbour communities have been realized.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Ina Homeier

City of Vienna

Annex completed on: 08-26-2014

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