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Dutch households buy turbine by crowdfunding

1,700 Dutch households jointly bought their own wind turbine by crowdfunding. Within a record time of just thirteen hours, all 6,648 shares in the wind turbine were sold. The transaction facilitated by the Windcentrale raised € 1.3 million in an astounding new crowdfunding world record.

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For the next 12 years, these new wind-sharers will receive their own sustainable energy from a Vestas V80 2 MW wind turbine from 2005. In total, the Windcentrale has facilitated more than 6,900 Dutch citizens to jointly share wind turbines. Waiting lists for additional aspiring wind-sharers are accumulating rapidly. The wind-shares were sold for € 200 each and households bought single shares or blocks of shares. Next to the price of the wind-share, they will pay an annual turbine maintenance fee of € 23 per year.


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There are similar things done all over in Sweden, mainly with wind power. Small community owned windmills, where people can buy shares and then buy energy at a much lower price than normal. Here is one of the larger, that actually is a company, The smaller community-based have no homepages in English, but if you like I can provide links.

I like the idea of providing a financial incentive for those that not only are interested in the green aspect of it, but are more driven by the investment side. This creates a win-win situation which is a lot easier to sell. The smaller one also have the community perspective which I like, it can make small communities more independent, more resilient and also hopefully provide some jobs.

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