In the Vilawatt project, local stakeholders implemented a participative housing renovation project to bring the energy transition to the low-income neighbourhood of La Montserratina in Viladecans. Vilawatt’s goals were to foster the energy transition by improving the energy governance at local level by setting a Public-Private-Citizen Partnership that provided key energy services though a one-stop shop of administration.
To ensure that the transition to a more sustainable energy model leaves no none behind, the project established a broad energy governance Public-Private-Citizen Partnership (PPCP) including:
- Viladecans City Hall and Barcelona Metropolitan area authorities
The PPCP monitored the project’s activities, which included optimising the energy supply (e.g., by giving preference to renewables, aggregating energy demand, studying different tariffs, etc.,), launching awareness-raising activities, and promoting the renovation of buildings.
The project analysed the state of the building stock and identified the buildings most in need of retrofitting. This led to the deep energy renovation of three residential buildings through a participatory process - involving both dwelling owners and the technical team.
Viladecans set up a ‘Vilawatt Info Point’ to reach out to citizens and help them better understand their electricity and gas bills. The Info Point also helps citizens reduce their energy consumption by, for example, changing their usage habits or taking part in grouped energy purchases. The project also created a local currency, which intended to reward citizens for their energy saving that could spend in local businesses. This helped to foster change in energy consumption habits.