To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million ("ppm")to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
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Gijsbert Huijink, Girona - Spain, 41 years old, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at UdG.
Two years ago I installed PV solar panels on my house. We live in a rural area and there was no 'normal' connection available. This is how I got interested in renewable energy. Shortly later we did get a connection to the grid and started ourselves to inject electricity into the grid. And I discovered how simple it is to be a electricity producer.
The next step would be setting up a wind turbine, I thought. As wind energy is one of the best developed and cheapest of the renewable energies. But setting up a small one did not make economic sense and for setting up a big one you need lots of money. So I realized I couldn't do this alone.
I am from The Netherlands and in general in the Nordic countries there is a long tradition of cooperative renewable energy development. So I started looking for a cooperative in Catalonia or Spain where I could be a member of and invest some money in. I simply wanted to do something to make sure that the next generations all around the world can live in a world with a similar or better quality of life as we have today.
To my surprise I did not find any cooperative in Spain. That's when I decided to start setting up one. I studied what had happened in other countries, the different cooperative business models, development paths etc.
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