Energy Cooperatives for Rural Areas in Poland Campaign
As of March 2023, there were 1.2 million prosumers in Poland with an installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity of 935 GW. That’s 71,8% of total PV installed capacity. As a result, a lot of people and communities are now familiar with the idea of prosumerism, balancing production and consumption and investing in small-scale renewables. In the face of rising energy prices, Poland’s Government is seeking to harness the power of renewables and collective action to promote and enable “collective prosumerism” or local energy markets in rural areas in the form of energy cooperatives.
The Energy Cooperatives for Rural Areas in Poland Campaign aims to provide information, knowledge, insight and inspiration to those in Poland’s rural communities seeking to establish local energy markets in the form of energy cooperatives. Our campaign includes films, blogs, questions and answers to experts, introduction to instructive examples and experiences of energy cooperative initiatives and other forms of renewable energy communities in Poland and other EU countries. Our aspiration is to raise awareness about the costs, risks and benefits of energy cooperatives and encourage networking and collaboration among farmers, local governments, entrepreneurs, schools, NGOs and residents of Poland’s rural areas
The Campaign is run by the Polish Innovation Foundation. Our partner is the Kujawsko-Pomorski Agricultural Advisory Centre in Minikowo.
The Campaign is to run from June 2022 to October 2023 thanks to financial support from the National Rural Areas Network (KSOW) operated by the National Agricultural Advisory Centre.
Thanks additional financial support from the RENALDO project entitled Rural development through renewable Energy sources, realized 2021-2023 on the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and funded by the European Commission and EUKI initiative of the Federal Government of Germany, English-language versions of the films have been produced for the Campaign as a basis for helping Polish rural communities engage with energy cooperative initiatives in other EU member states.
- What is an energy cooperative? Initiatives in Poland’s Podlasie Region
- Changing energy market place. Initiatives in Poland’s Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region
- Starting an energy cooperative. Initiatives from Podlasie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie Regions
- Facing challenges. The opportunity of biomass and micro-grids
- Engaging local government in energy cooperatives. Initiatives in Kamienna Gora
- Financing for energy cooperative. Report from the Podlasie region
- Energy cooperatives in Germany
- Energy cooperatives in Belgium