As of today, around 1,800 PV facilities are installed on public and private buildings, nearly 200 facilities for co-generation of heat and power are running, and wind power is being discussed.
With regard to consumer (co-)ownership, the Solar Cooperative Essen with around 200 members has installed PV-panels on 18 roofs (the last one operative as of 2013, mostly on public schools) leased for a symbolic price from the municipality with the complete production fed in to the public grid.
The nation-wide StromSparcheck carried out by SCORE partner Caritas is implemented extremely successfully in Essen under the brand “EnergieSparService Essen” by the Neue Arbeit der Diakonie e.V. (which was already present at the SCORE workshop in Essen in June 2019). The city of Essen wants to actively participate in the further expansion of REs.
The the planned investments in RE projects is to be co-financed by a supplement of 0.2 ct per consumed kWh on the certified green electricity supply of city (approx. 194,000Euro/year). Over the lifetime of the SCORE project, an additional 650 kWp is to be installed with the help of private (co-)investments corresponding to an overall capacity dynamic increase.
At least 200 households are expected to be included and turned from consumers into prosumers. Considering the annual energy demand of these 200 households and the anticipated energy savings of 368 kWh per household, the expected energy savings resulting from a change of consumption behaviour are expected to amount to 73,600 kWh (368 kWh * 200 households =73,600 kWh) per year.