Ansan Citizens’ Solar Energy Co-op

Overall description of the stakeholder

Ansan Citizens’ Solar Co-op (hereinafter, “Ansan Solar”) was founded in December 2012, in recognition of the seriousness of climate change and energy crisis and in the belief that the responsive energy conversion must take place in the manner that local citizens themselves take part. Its major goals are: expanding distribution of renewable energy aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions; expanding citizens’ participation in response to climate change; providing energy welfare and social contribution; and creating jobs though the operation of social enterprise. From the stage of founding, Ansan Solar closely consulted and made collective discussions with various stakeholders including local cooperatives, civil societies, local energy conservation groups, and labor unions. Participant organizations include: the Ansan Evergreen Foundation; Southern Gyeonggi Dure Co-op; Citizens’ Coalition for the Research of Consumer Issues; Ansan Sustainability Alliance; Lake Shihwa Life Safeguard; Ansan iCOOP Co-op; Ansan YWCA; Ansan Medical Welfare Social Co-op; Ansan Friends of the Earth Korea; Evergreener Association; Danwon Credit Union; Hosu-dong Energy Conservation; Ansan Daycare Centers Association; and SJM Trade Union. Citizens are eligible for Ansan Solar co-op membership with capital investment in individual or corporate capacity. As of the end of December 2018, the total membership is 853, and capital/fund size is about 3 billion 30 million won. Income from photovoltaic power generation is distributed to its members, and dividend rate from net income is determined at Ansan Solar’s general assembly. 

Key businesses include photovoltaic power generation (electric power sale); photovoltaic power station installation and maintenance; renewable energy education; networking and coalition with national Citizens’ Solar Co-ops and policy suggestion; and public service on energy welfare. In addition, Ansan Solar is also performing Gyeonggi Co-op’s energy sector project, or social economic public platform building project for the founding and operation of citizens’ energy co-ops in Gyeonggi Province.

 

Activities in the field of climate action

  • Photovoltaic power generation: Generation of income from the sale of electric power through the Renewable-energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) [1] system
  • Installation of photovoltaic power stations: Citizens’ participatory power stations are built and operated with the capital invested by citizens in the space leased from public institutions and education buildings
  • Photovoltaic power station maintenance: Enhancing efficiency of photovoltaic power generation with the effective maintenance of modules
  • Renewable energy education: Education programs provided to citizens and students regarding energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy production achieved by energy conversion
  • Policy suggestion: Institutional improvement in energy sector through the networking and coalition with national citizens’ solar co-op and policy suggestions to central government

 

Stakeholder’s contributions

Sharing knowledge and experience on the construction and operation of photovoltaic power stations is possible, and subjects in that regard includes the following:

  • Citizens’ participatory photovoltaic power station construction and operation
  • Institutional details including ordinances and subsidies in relation to photovoltaic power station installation
  • Support with knowledge on the founding of energy co-op and social economic organization
  • Support for the creation of assets, growth in size, and industrialization of social economic organization that capitalize on public assets
  • Obtaining photovoltaic power installation permit and power trading education
  • Education program on renewable energy

For detailed sharing methods, online/offline workshops, seminars, and public participatory events may be reviewed.

 

Stakeholder’s needs

Joint events, workshops, education/training, and other joint coalition activities between cooperatives or between related networks are possible. Policy research on opportunities and institutional improvements for expanded distribution of renewable energy, related private-public cooperation methods, and cooperation for the discovery of community projects for public service may be explored.

 

[1] RPS (Renewable energy Portfolio Standard): A system that requires a power generation business with a capacity of certain size (over 500MW, excluding renewable energy facilities) to supply a certain portion of total generation through the use of renewable energy.

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