Citizens Power Plant
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
City of Vienna
Annex completed on: 08-26-2014