Social innovations in the sector of citizen energy

Field of action: Energy transition

Project goals: SocialRES promotes socially innovative enterprises such as cooperatives, aggregatros and crowdfunding platforms, in which citizens are involved. This leads to decentralisation of the energy transition.

Project area: Europe (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Croatia, Romania)

Duration: May 2019 – August 2022


In order to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies, it is necessary to switch from centralised to decentralised supply. In this context, greater participation of citizens is desirable who themselves become “prosumers”. Socially innovative business forms such as cooperatives, aggregators and crowdfunding platforms already enable consumers today to play an active role in the electricity sector.


SocialRES promotes socially innovative companies in the field of renewable energies in order to increase citizen participation and thereby achieve a higher societal acceptance of the energy transition. The tasks of Lake Constance Foundation involve analysing a number of business models in order to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Eventually, the aim is to build up an international network of cooperatives, aggregators and crowdfunding platforms, enabling them to learn from each other.


Contact person: Volker Kromrey


Phone: +49 (0) 7732 9995-48


Copyright: Bodensee-Stiftung