In the Vogelwijk neighbourhood of The Hague (the Netherlands), residents have used their own money to restore an existing, inactive windmill and put it back into operation. This mill provides green energy for 450 households. It is an excellent example of neighbourhood participation, whereby residents are fully responsible for a sustainable initiative and its execution. The municipality made a conscious choice not to direct the project. ‘But we can support them during the start-up phase of the process’, explains vice mayor Baldewsingh (Sustainability and the Environment). This help may take the form of an energy analysis of the home and the preparation of a business case.
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