EnerCoop Uelzechtdall

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EnerCoop Uelzechtdall is an energy cooperative founded by citizens with the aim of supporting the energy transition.


Aims

EnerCoop Uelzechtdall wants actively promote the exit from the use of nuclear and fossil energy sources and thus support the energy transition. The cooperative is part of Transitioun Uelzechtdall and has following aims:

  • to implement and develop projects for the generation, storage, purchase and sale of renewable energy and to deliver the generated energy preferably to the members – if technically, legally and economically possible.
  • to promote rational and responsible energy use among its cooperating members and the general public
  • the promotion, advice, support and information to its members and third parties on all issues related to the field of renewable energies
  • the cooperative seeks rather to promote citizen participation in local, democratic and educational projects and is not primarily dedicated to enriching its members, who receive only a limited patrimonial benefit.

EnerCoop Uelzechtdall offers a socially and ecologically responsible alternative to contemporary energy consumption and production practices. Currently most of the energy consumed in Luxembourg is imported, and only a tiny part of the energy produced in Luxembourg comes from renewable sources.

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About us

We – EnerCoop Uelzechtdall – are a cooperative association of citizens who want to support the energy transition at local level. The idea of founding an energy cooperative was born at the very first meeting of the Transitioun Uelzechtdall and as a result the first EnerCoop meetings took place in autumn 2018. In a democratic process the goals as well as the organisational structure of the cooperative were elaborated and recorded in the statutes. With the start of our first project – the construction of a photovoltaic plant in Lintgen – we founded the cooperative on 08 January 2020.

Currently, the EnerCoop Uelzechtdall counts more than 70 members mainly from the communes of Walfer, Steinsel, Lorentzweiler, Lintgen and Mersch, but also from other regions of Luxembourg and abroad. We are an open community and welcome everyone who is interested in topics related to the energy transition or who wants to support our work.

The cooperative is managed according to democratic principles. Each member has one vote at the annual general assembly, regardless of the number of shares held in the cooperative. The administrative committee manages the operational business of the company and is elected for 3 years.

The administrative committee currently consists of the following members:

Sebastian Dietz
President

Charles Margue
Vice-President

Sandra Hoffman
Secretary

Serge Remy
Treasurer

Paul Schergen

Delphine Dethier

Luc Zwank

John Schammel

Carole Ney

Philippe Schmit

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Statutes

At the extraordinary founding meeting on 8 January 2020, the statutes were signed by the founding members and thus establishing the EnerCoop cooperative. They define the objectives, the structure and the rules according to which the cooperative is managed.

We have written the statutes in French and in German, but please note that the French version is legally binding.

You can download both versions here:

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Participation

You can participate in this process at any time or inform yourself about the current status. Even without specialist knowledge, there are many opportunities to get involved in the cooperation.

Become a Member

By buying shares in the cooperative you help us to finance future projects in communities of the Uelzechtdall for a local and sustainable energy supply and you have the opportunity to actively participate in the cooperative with your voting rights.

By becoming a cooperator

  • you help to produce green energy locally
  • you support the fight against climate change
  • you invest in the future and generate environmental, social and financial benefits
  • you start as a responsible citizen on the road to energy independence
  • you contribute to the fight against the monopolization of energy production

Buying shares

Below you can find a declaration of interest which you can print out, fill in and return to us, either by e-mail or by post (-> contact). After acceptance by the administrative committee, you will receive a letter of confirmation with a request for payment. After payment, we will send you a document that certifies your shares of EnerCoop Uelzechtdall.

Alternatively, you can also donate shares in the cooperative to a third person. Please use the following form for this purpose:

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Contact

EnerCoop Uelzechtdal
126 rte de Fischbach
L-7447 Lintgen

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Projects

Photovoltaic Plant in Lintgen

We are currently developing a first project together with the commune of Lintgen in which we will build and operate a photovoltaic plant. For the implementation of this project the commune of Lintgen kindly provides the roof of its primary school. By the summer of 2020, around 650 m2 of solar power panels will produce electricity for more than 35 households and feed it into the grid.

Further details can be found in the following project flyer:

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does a share of the cooperative cost?

A share of EnerCoop Uelzechtdall costs 100€. The share cannot be sold or inherited to a third party.

How many shares can I buy?

A member of the cooperative can subscribe several shares but can not hold more than 10% of the total number of shares issued.

How are the participants kept up to date?

A general assembly takes place once a year. We also send newsletters by e-mail to our shareholders. We will also organize information evenings in which we will present the current projects and/or discuss our activities.

Where and how are the projects implemented?

The projects are particularly implemented throughout the Uelzechtdall, i.e. in the municipalities of Walferdange, Steinsel, Lorentzweiler, Lintgen and Mersch. The projects come to fruition by actively approaching potential project partners (e.g. a community or a building owner) or by approaching us for the implementation of a specific project (or idea).

Can interested persons not resident in Uelzechtdall or Luxembourg also become shareholders?

Yes, anyone can buy shares in EnerCoop Uelzechtdall, regardless of their residence.

Can shares bought for a (minor) third persond?

Yes, you can also buy shares in EnerCoop Uelzechtdall as a gift for a third party. However, these persons must then sign a declaration of consent as the shares are in your name. In the case of a purchase for a minor, an authorised representative must sign the declaration of consent.

How are the projects financed?

A profitability analysis is carried out for each project, on the basis of which decisions are made. Typically, the projects are financed by a mixture of capital, private credits of the members and bank credits.

How can I buy shares?

Here ( -> declaration of interest) you find a declaration of interest. Fill out the form and send it back to us, either by e-mail or by post (-> contact). After acceptance by the administrative committee, you will receive a letter of confirmation with a request for payment. After payment, we will send you a document that certifies your shares of EnerCoop Uelzechtdall.

Are dividends paid out?

The cooperative does not concentrate on increasing the assets of its members, but rather uses the profits generated primarily for the development of new projects. Therefore, no immediate dividend payment is planned. However, if the overall economic situation allows, disbursements are possible. The decision is taken democratically in the general assembly.

When and how can I leave the cooperative?

Each cooperating member has the right to resign from the company, but only at the end of a fiscal year. He must notify his resignation in writing to the Chairman of the administrative committee before the end of the first six months of the financial year. Withdrawal or partial redemption of cooperative shares is noted in the register, next to the name of the cooperating member concerned and on the cooperative member’s shares. These declarations shall be dated and signed by the cooperative member and by a member of the administrative committee.

How are the shares refunded?

At the time of resignation, expulsion or death, the cooperating member or its successors in title shall only be entitled to reimbursement of the nominal value of its paid-up share, after deduction, where appropriate, of taxes, duties and expenses that may be incurred as a result of the reimbursement. A refund can only be made once the cooperating member’s obligations to the company have been fulfilled or the company has acted as guarantor. A refund is generally subject to a period of twelve (12) months from the date of withdrawal, partial or full refund request or exclusion.

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The Energy Transition

Energy is an essential component of our daily lives. By creating this energy cooperative, the cooperators take over the partial production of the energy they consume and detach themselves from part of the foreign non-renewable energy dependence. Thus, EnerCoop Uelzechtdall offers a socially and ecologically responsible alternative to energy production. EnerCoop Uelzechtdall promotes an energy transition based on the involvement of every citizen.