On 5 February 2020 a group of committed citizens and politicians from the “Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall” founded a cooperative company under the name “Energiepark Mëllerdall”. The “Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall” comprises 11 municipalities (Beaufort, Bech, Berdorf, Consdorf, Echternach, Fischbach, Heffingen, Larochette, Nommern, Rosport-Mompach and Waldbillig) with a total area of 256 km2 and a population of about 25,500.
Until now, the production of solar energy on the roof of a house was a privilege for the owners of the house. This can now change thanks to the new cooperative company “Energiepark Mëllerdall”. From now on, all inhabitants of the “Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall” will be able to contribute to the success of the energy turnaround by participating in a common photovoltaic installation and, at the same time, benefit financially. The sun provides an unlimited volume of energy which is made available to us free of charge and in an environmentally friendly way. Photovoltaics converts this solar energy into clean electrical energy.
The purpose of the cooperative company is :
Priority will be given to projects in the municipalities of the “Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall”.
Through its activities, the cooperative company “Energiepark Mëllerdall” also assists the Luxembourg State in its efforts to achieve its energy and climate policy objectives. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg aims to increase the share of renewable energies from 11% in 2020 to 25% in 2030. In 2014, this share amounted to only 4.5%.
Investments will be made in the production of renewable energies such as solar, wind and/or hydraulic energy and biomass, but also in the field of energy efficiency.
An inventory of the roof surfaces of the various municipal buildings has already been carried out and a whole series of roofs of municipal buildings have been identified where a photovoltaic installation can be set up. The following installations are planned for the year 2020: Berdorf, roof of the church / Consdorf, roof of the sports hall / Heffingen, roof of the new water tank / Zittig, roof of the technical hall of the sewage treatment plant.
The photovoltaic installations will be financed by the citizens of the “Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall” through the purchase of shares of € 100 each, which will grant the citizens the status of members of the cooperative company and enable them to make a contribution to climate change.
This is an initiative of the “Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall” within the framework of the European LIFE-IP ZENAPA project, with the financial support of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development and the European Union.