What can included actors do to boost the tenant electricity model in Germany? 

Despite the great potential that the tenant electricity model has for driving the energy transition in Germany, the acceptance and scaling up of the model still need to meet expectations. To identify the main reasons for this situation and any potential entry points, the Citizen Science Initiative-team on energy communities organised the first of a series of three workshops with the citizen scientists involved in the initiative.  

The workshop was conceived as an engagement-focused tool that allowed citizen scientists to share their knowledges and expand their understanding of the central topic. Further, it offered the possibility to discuss their priorities and motivations to participate in tenant electricity, as well as the perceived barriers and drivers of the model. The gathered information about the citizen scientists’ experiences with tenant electricity allowed the core team to identify potential starting points and actions that different actors in the tenant electricity system can take to drive the development of the model.

Access to and exchange of information, provision of financial incentives, simplification of the model, and cooperation between different actors emerged as critical aspects that need to be implemented with various stakeholders and require the commitment of citizens, public authorities, and service providers.

This infographic gives an overview of the targeted starting points for upscaling the tenant electricity model