92% of all German citizen support the increased expansion of renewable energy. Currently half of the renewable energy facilities are managed by citizens and over one million people cover their electricity needs with their own solar panels. Bürgerwerke is a platform, aiming at forming a strong alliance by clustering all these individual efforts in order to use scale effects, increase negotiation power for better prices, pool marketing and sales activities and as a result accelerate the „Energiewende“.
Social Impact: Bürgerwerke creates a joint platform to bundle the interests of renewable energy producing citizens. This results in better electricity prices, centralised marketing and sales and a diversed product range. Around 250 local energy producers produce energy for 11.000 households and save annually 18.000 tons of CO2.
Financing needs: With the successful pilot with 37 single citizens energy producers „BürgerEnergieGesellschaften“, Bürgerwerke now wants to scale their business nationwide.