Background to the programme
SoliNergy is a charity created by CertiNergy (actor in Energy Efficiency which, in particular, offers individuals a loft installation program for € 1). It was created following a collective renovation during which all levels of the community were mobilised to finance the comprehensive work (€ 8 million), but where no one was willing to forward € 15,000 to support the households who were going to see their habitat transformed. SoliNergy was born to address this lack of response and of mobilisation around the use of housing.
Objectives of the programme
To promote the roll out of support and training for eco-friendly practices among households in difficulty, a dimension often forgotten in favour of intervening on the building, which is seen as the principal lever. While effective, the work is not enough and complementing support is essential to ensure the effective adoption of the changes. Given the difficulty for some of the public to finance them, support for eco-friendly practices is also an important policy lever to mobilise people so as not to let them remain inactive.
- Partnership with the National Federation of PACT: dissemination of calls for innovative and experimental projects on energy usage among the local branches of the PACT, funding of 3 to 4 projects per year throughout France
- Financing of fifteen actions over the last 4 years:
• financial support but also mobilisation to visit the project leaders, to carry out monitoring and check-ups at key moments and eventually help the reorienting of the project
• writing of a good practice guide from feedback on the experience
- Funding system: collection of donations from commercial partners at Certinergy, financial sponsorship and donations in kind (knowledge).
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
At the end of 2014: fifteen projects financed and supported, 10 completed, 4 still ongoing. On average, € 20,000 of financing per project. Local and small-scale projects (about 1,200 households targeted).
The feedback from these actions has enabled the creation of a good practice guide.
- Macro overview that highlights the methodology of a sample project that has been proven: Target / Train / Measure / Sustain
• Identification: identifying organisations who are in contact with people who are potentially in fuel poverty (CCAS, SLF, home help: raise the alarm)
• Training: promoting a energy efficiency specialist/social worker team and a mixture of individual and collective education, practical demonstrations and energy kits
• Impact Measurement: difficulty in separating the part attributable to the work and that attributable to the eco-friendly action, important aspect concerning the gain in comfort and household stabilisation, quantitative and qualitative mix
- Micro summary on the failures and successes and on how: to pass on the message, to mobilise households, to capture their interest, to fight against inertia to change.
For now, the guide is unpublished: the phase for impact analysis, self-criticism and renewal of funding to ensure a qualitative assessment for each action. Objective to freely disseminate the guide in a non-commercial and non competitive way, but the details are still to be defined.
The originality of the program lies in the fact that it intervenes mainly on behaviour and usage, practices that are rarely fixed in people's habits. It's also when faced with inertia in this sector and the excessive focus on buildings that SoliNergy was created.
SoliNergy finances a variety of projects (training of households residing in housing said to be springboards, settlement of a community of travellers, financing of a model apartment, etc.) with the sum of the feedback having created a methodology that's even richer.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
- National Federation PACT
- Financing: K by K (market leader carpentry) CertiNergy
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- Public engagement: Difficult to engage 100% of the target on projects (eg in a residence)
- Respect of the calendars: delay in completion often longer than the fixed objectives
- Household identification put into practice
- Measurement of energy gain
- Receiving the feedback from the experience: not always as expected, linked to difficulties in the field
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
- Analysis of Impact Measurement: audit test of consumption and feelings of the households who were accompanied and unaccompanied in the same context to assess the real impact of the project
- Automation of Management Committee and follow up as regularly as possible
Suggestions for future improvement :
- Above all, complete the ongoing projects' assessment phase
- Encouraging results that allow us to move forward and target larger scale projects for the future.
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- Targeting of households: not to do it to the entire general public
- Repeats and repetition of lessons as changing behaviour is a long process
- Unite households around a common project. For example on the scale of an apartment block: target 100% of households to allow, on a small scale, the creation of a social link and solidarity among neighbours.
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