Citizens can participate in Decathlon’s solar project
Decathlon, the French chain of sports stores, is planning to install solar panels on the roofs of its establishments in Turnhout, Roeselare and Maasmechelen (Belgium). Clients and citizens will be able to participate in the project and to share in the profits.
On Wednesday there was a first information session about the initiative in Roeselare, in presence of Flemish Energy Minister, Bart Tommelein (Open Vld).
Decathlon wants to continue its environmentally conscious energy policy.With the actual plans, half of the 34 Belgian establishments will have facilities for renewable energy by 2019.
Decathlon therefore works together with energy producer, GreenPulse, and citizen cooperative organization, Human Districts, to offer citizens the possibility to participate in the project, starting in Roeselare.
GreenPulse will be responsible for the development, financing and management of the whole project. Human Districts will offer citizens the possibility to buy one or more shares.
“Price for one share is 500 euro and the expected return is 3 to 5%”, explains Wouter Nuytten of Human Districts. “It’s a way for Roeselare’s population to do their part for a city that is green and sustainable thanks to the efforts of its inhabitants.”
Tommelein is in favour of such initiatives he considers a win-win. “They offer people who don’t have the possibility to install solar panels a way to participate. The only thing you have to do is to check how much savings you can spend to buy one or more shares.”