- Support or Become involved
Under this part you can see some possible ways below in which local authorities can engage in renewable energy projects, either as a financial partner - investing into the project, or as a beneficiary of the project.
There may be other opportunities and innovative measures; thus you are encouraged to begin discussions wtih a developer as soon as possible, to explore all potential arrangements.
We suggest the following measures
Public private partnership
Innovative investment fund
Case studies | Submit a case
- UVCW (Union des Villes et des Communes de Wallonie) issued an article informing its members (the municipalities) about the existing regulatory measures relative to the legal structures enabling the engagement of a municipality in a wind farm project.
- In Wallonia even though the decree that would have made a 24,99% opening for local citizen participation and 24,99% opening for local authority participation mandatory, some developers still contact local initiatives to share their project. When the projects are acceptable from a local community point of view the groups mobilise the silent majority in their communities and collect positive reactions on public consultations, something an outside developer would have difficulty with.
- Example of local tax levied by the municipality of Houyet for a 800 kW medium-size wind turbine. Also in Bastogne.
- In 2007, the Municipality of Villers-le-Bouillet decides to purchase one wind turbine in a wind farm of 5 WT. It is the first example in Belgium of a municipality investing in a "citizen wind turbine".