Questions and answers about participation and local ownership

The climate agreement formulates several arrangements about participation opportunities for renewable energy projects. Several parties drew up an explanatory document together about the design, arrangements, and obligations of the participation processes from the climate agreement. The involved branch organisations are Energie Samen, Nature- and Environment Federations, the Dutch Association for Renewable Energy, Holland Solar, and NWEA. The explanatory document consists of answers to the frequently asked questions and misunderstandings about the participation arrangements from the climate agreement.

50% local ownership a requirement or an aim?
The arrangement about 50% local ownership causes the most confusion. The climate agreement states that renewable energy projects on land have to aim for 50% local ownership. This includes a commitment of the initiator to offer the local residents (optionally united in energy cooperation) to participate in a project. The principle is the need and (financial) possibilities of the local residents because co-ownership means co-investment and therefore also increased risk.

50% local ownership is an aim and not a requirement. It is important for the local residents to have the possibility to co-incest and become co-owner if they desire this. If this type of co-ownership as financial participation appears to be not achievable, then risk-free ways to financially participate can be made available.

Role of TPSolar
This explanatory document with Q&A’s is meant for governments, market participants, residents, energy corporations, environmental organisations, and other parties that are involved in the formation of renewable energy projects. Holland Solar is the branch organisation of the Dutch solar-energy sector, which TPSolar joins. TPSolar acknowledges this explanatory document and has attended several meetings of the branch organization that contributed to the formation of this Q&A. The explanatory document is in line with the existing development of our initiatives and we operate this together with the code of conduct Sun on Land. The explanatory document can be found via https://hollandsolar.nl/u/files/20200430-qena-participatie-def.pdf