‘Off-Grid DIY’ –renewable energy manual and online platform for rural communities
A transnational cooperation project to promote DIY solutions for renewable energy production in rural communities.
In general, rural citizens lack the theoretical and practical knowledge of the use of renewable energy in households. They are often not well informed and reluctant to consider the potential and necessity of renewable energy.
This creates the need to educate society, to pool existing experiences and promote small and relatively simple renewable energy solutions. Ten partners from five EU countries in the Baltic Sea region organised this cooperation project to share their knowledge and experiences through networking, mutual assistance, support and cooperation. Project activities included organising workshops and meetings, as well as developing an 'Off-Grid DIY manual’ and an online platform offering solutions which are available for free on the Internet.
Significant CO2 emission reductions are expected as a result of this project. The project also complements the work carried out by NGOs in all participating countries to promote environmentally-friendly alternative lifestyles.
The project established a collaborative network across the five Baltic Sea Region countries and is targeting a broad spectrum of local populations in each of the countries. The partners include a mix of Local Action Groups, active citizens, farms, local NGOs and other key stakeholders.