Setting up a co-operative

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France

The regional association for the development of solidarity economy (ARDES) initiated a project to deliver community funded solar panels on schools, with funding to be secured collectively by citizens and public authorities. In order to inform citizens and communicate about the project, but also to optimise the integration of citizens in the project, an association, Plaine Sud Energies, which then became a cooperative, was created. As the awareness raising first started amongst representatives, they were the first ones to join the association, but other people from the community also joined. It enabled the constitution of a core group who would be the key driving force for the project.