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Thijmen van Nijnanten, Project Manager at LOCOL, posted

Theaterfestival de Parade on 100% renewable energy in Amsterdam

This august, theaterfestival de Parade will say goodbye to diesel-powered generators, and will switch to renewable energy! A fully renewable energy supply is realized by making use of new fixed power supply on the grid. With this measure, more than 100 metric tonnes of CO2 emmissions will be prevented each year, when De Parade sets foot in the Martin Luther Kingpark in Amsterdam Zuid.

This project is not only unique in the fact that de Parade is the first large festival in Amsterdam which does not rely on diesel generators. Very rare is the fact that the initiative lies with the organization of de Parade itself. This shows that a bottom-up approach can be very effective in making festivals more renewable, on top of a financially attractive solution!

Nils Mevius of Theaterfestival de Parade says: “I had expected to reach more results in five year in trying to organize green energy for de Parade. The number of stakeholders showed to be bigger, and the process slower than expected. Also the underlying technology showed to be more complex than we initially thought. Locol managed to complete this project in 7 (!) months, including help with financing. They are knowledgeable, efficient, and very kind. If had few cooperations with external parties as pleasant as this one, and rarely with such a high yield, both in reaching our sustainable goals and lowering cost.”

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Thijmen van Nijnanten, Project Manager at LOCOL, posted

Local Collaboration - Acceleration renewable energy

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Festivals powered by renewable energy? Solar-Energy on shared roofs? Schools that share their generated energy locally in their community? There are numerous possibilities to accelerate the energy transition in the Netherlands. Many initiatives are born from local ambition, and that is not a coincidence! Local collaboration is the key to successful realization. Establishing a renewable ambition with all involved stakeholders, making the right technical, legal, financial and organizational choices and ensuring mutual benefit, that’s what signifies LOcal COLlaboration.

Festivals powered by renewable energy? Solar-Energy on shared roofs? Schools that share their generated energy locally in their community? There are numerous possibilities to accelerate the energy transition in the Netherlands. Many initiatives are born from local ambition, and that is not a coincidence! Local collaboration is the key to successful realization. Establishing a renewable ambition with all involved stakeholders, making the right technical, legal, financial and organizational choices and ensuring mutual benefit, that’s what signifies LOcal COLlaboration.

Together, today
Renewable energy from your own community or municipality is within reach today by teaming up parties that need each other! This is possible by creating marketplaces to connect local energy-cooperatives with companies or institutions with a large roof. There are multiple initiatives throughout the Netherlands facilitating this. This way cooperatives will realise solar projects, companies or institutions will generate profit by leasing out their roofs, and communities gain access to local renewable energy.

In local collaboration
Lasting collaboration with stakeholders on a structural basis increases the chance of success. This way it is proven that involving residents/renters is essential to achieve sustainability in housing corporations. Currently, several collaborations of housing corporations (Duurzaamheidskringen) are working together with their residents to realise the installation of solar panels on their housing stock, to increase sustainability as well as comfort of living.

Mutually beneficial
In order to fulfil an ambition and to sustain an ‘all hands on deck’ mentality during the exploitation of sustainable services, a mutual benefit is of major importance. In the case of the energy transition for festivals and public events, ensuring a near-constant energy cost for festival organizers as well as operational reliability for the owner is essential in order to be successful and to contribute to the sustainability goals of the municipality.

Working together with all stakeholders, sharing knowledge and proven practices and creating local value accelerate the renewable energy transition.

Locol connects and guides parties in the journey to reach collective local sustainable energy goals, benefiting all involved. Locol is committed to local and regional governments, housing corporations, residents, energy cooperatives and owners/operators of (event) sites and large buildings. In 2014 Locol has been initiated as a social business with a cost neutral business model by the Netherlands’ largest energy network company Alliander.

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