Our approach is to apply Consumer Stock Ownership Plans (CSOPs), utilising established best practice RE projects updated by inclusive financing techniques. As the particular focus of the project lies on vulnerable groups affected by fuel poverty that are as a rule excluded from RE investments, effective and innovative engagement actions are tailored to their needs. The participating local and regional authorities as well as existing local energy projects receive legal and technical advice for a tailor-made participation model. These models are based on best practice examples, receive support for engaging local stakeholders as well as the public, and engage in a peer-to-peer exchange with other public authorities active in the project and visible as forerunners in RES in Europe.
SCORE implements innovative prosumer RE investments in three European pilot communities: the Susa Valley (Italy), the city of Słupsk, (Poland) and the city of Litoměřice (Czech Republic). In these pilot municipalities, an existing renewable energy project at community scale is extended to include local consumers and citizens with the active involvement of the local government body. Germany as a pioneer in prosumership hereby serves as reference country, and Bulgaria is central to the development of an approach for the inclusion of households affected by fuel poverty.
SCORE is supporting local authorities in the pilot communities with the project’s expert pool. We analyse and compare existing models of consumer co-ownership and develop best practice manuals and templates for “prosumer financing” based on our assessment and the experience gathered from the pilot projects. SCORE conducts a large-scale capacity building programme, which addresses and empowers over 1,000 local authorities and stakeholders and further spreads best practise examples across the EU. The five countries at the focus of the project are Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Czech Republic. These countries can be seen as representatives for the EU both in old and new member states with differing prevalent political priorities