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How a German town wants to reinvent clean energy sharing

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🗞️ Driving the news: Bürgerenergie Rhein-Sieg, a German cooperative, is planning to build a new solar park on a former landfill site in Siegburg
This initiative is part of Germany's growing trend of citizen energy cooperatives, where individuals invest in renewable energy projects

🔭 The context: Germany has about 900 citizen energy communities, contributing to the EU's broader aim of decentralizing the electricity market
Members invest in these cooperatives by purchasing shares, like at Rhein-Sieg where one share costs €250, and earn dividends from the electricity produced

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These cooperatives represent a grassroots movement towards renewable energy, which is crucial for reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change
However, challenges in Germany, like the inability to use the public grid for energy sharing and high levies, hinder the potential impact of these initiatives

⏭️ What's next: There is a call for the German government to create financial incentives and reduce levies for citizen energy, making it more viable and widespread

💬 One quote: "At the moment, you're not even allowed to give away self-generated electricity to your next-door neighbor," (Thomas Schmitz, volunteer director of the Rhein-Sieg co-op)

📈 One stat: There are approximately 9,000 citizen energy communities across the European Union

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