The EU's Sustainable Energy Week 2016 is approaching! Taking place on 13-17 June 2016, the week will be dedicated to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency with a high-level conference, the prestigious Energy Awards and Energy Day events all over Europe.
As June gets closer we will be publishing a series of sustainable energy stories about inspiring EU projects. The featured projects are all nominees for a 2016 EU Energy Award.
New to this year's event: you can have a say too! Follow the stories we will publish, choose your favourite and cast your vote for the 2016 EU Sustainable Energy Citizens' Award. Vote by Sunday 5 June on the EUSEW website.
This week we focus on one Energy Award nominee in Portugal…
Award nominee: COOPERNICO
COOPERNICO, based in Lisbon, is a citizen-owned initiative for small-scale renewable energy production. It aims to help create a more decentralised, democratic and sustainable energy system.
The project started in October 2013 with the collective purchase of 218 solar PV panels, installed on two rooftops at the Portuguese Association for the Mentally Disabled. The project generates environmental benefits as well as social and economic ones.
COOPERNICO – the only renewable energy cooperative in Portugal - sells the renewable energy produced and shares the income with both its members and the social association which receives revenue for renting the roof space. At the end of the contract, after fifteen years, the association will be given the panels.
Revenue generated is significant since the renewable energy produced by the two buildings is equal to the energy consumption of 28 typical Portuguese families.
This successful initiative has been recognised by European institutions and by the Portuguese press, won national prizes, and received various requests for partnerships from EU and other Portuguese speaking countries.
COOPERNICO is carrying out five other projects including seven installations at six social and public institutions such as a childcare centre, a town hall and association buildings.
The project is in the running for an Energy Award in the consumers category.
Throughout June events will be taking place across Europe to promote energy efficient and renewable technologies. If you are planning an event that promotes energy-saving or renewable activities, get your event on the map!
Vote for your favourite EU sustainable energy project! Read about all nine finalists in the running for the EU Sustainable Energy Week Citizens' Award and tell us which one you'd like to win. Hurry! Voting closes on 5 June.