Engaging citizens after feasibility

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Plaine Sud Energies’ feasibility study for the installation of solar panels was led by the regional association for the development of solidarity economy (ARDES), assigned by the municipality communities to implement the project. The communication around the project amongst citizens first started after the feasibility phase. The reason for this was that it seemed more relevant and efficient to mobilise citizens with concrete information: what buildings would be involved, what was the estimated budget, etc. For the project leaders, it seemed unwise to mobilise citizens until the project had proved its technical and financial feasibility and viability. However, through the created association, citizens were quickly involved in the first decisions: they chose the installer and approved the selected buildings to implement the project.