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fairPla.net: Money invested sustainably

The Munsterian cooperative association, fairPla.net, understands climate change as a global topic. They invest in projects all over the world in order to use the greatest possible leverage effects for climate protection. fairPla.net has already financed 16 photovoltaics projects in Germany, two biomass village power plants in India and a solar project in the Philippines. Investments that pay off – not only for the citizens involved in the association, but also for the local populations.

Bihar in India is both the poorest and one of the most unstable states in India. But this is exactly where the energy association has invested. Why? Because a stable energy supply system was urgently needed here and small steps also bring improvements for the population. So two biomass power plants were built to provide an environmentally friendly energy supply system for approximately 4,000 people. Moreover, new jobs have been created at the power plants. And the development has not finished yet: Because of the new power supply, agricultural businesses are now becoming re-established in the area.
 

Engine for progress:

  • high climate effect
  • high economic utility
  • social sustainability
  • regional and worldwide impacts

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After Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: small solar systems (lighting and battery charging station) from Sun Transfer are handed over to the local cooperation partner of Stiftung Solarenergie/Solar Energy Foundation (SEF).



fairPla.net is also active in other poorer countries. For example, in 2012 fairPla.net granted a loan in Kenya for the construction of a production and distribution centre for mini-biogas plants. In the same year, money was also allocated for the final assembly and handover of energy-saving stoves to 200 families in Nigeria. With these two projects alone, fairPla.net is providing CO2 savings of up to 1,500 tonnes per year.

Demand from citizens is increasing

In addition to economic viability, the focus of investments by fairPla.net is on a high climate effect and improved living conditions. In accordance with this, renewable energies come into use where they bring great benefits for both. And this pays off. Over half of the more than 820 members are citizens from all over NRW. A sign of social change, as climate protection and social justice form the focus of the investments alongside modest profit.

Although the general conditions for cooperative investments in renewable energies have deteriorated, the energy association has not given up: And so, fairPla.net is cooperating with the Protestant congregation of Münster in a longer-term project for the energy-efficient renovation of churches, linking these investments to a solar project in its partner parish of South Bicol in the Philippines.

fairPla.net energy cooperative project video

Video: KlimaExpo.NRW



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"Over 820 fairPla.net members from Germany and eleven other countries on four continents have been collectively and successfully investing in climate protection and development opportunities for eight years – even if incisive legislative changes have, in the meantime, made new activities impossible, we are pleased that the ongoing long-term projects are proving to be fruitful year on year both for people and for the environment"“

Sabine Terhaar, fairPla.net eG




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