Messina Community Energy
Messina Community Foundation
The Community Foundation of Messina promotes social justice and economic and human development by designing, financing, experimenting and evaluating new socio-economic paradigms, going therefore beyond the pure logic of philanthropy.
PROJECT TITLE: MESSINA ENERGY COMMUNITY
Marginalised families living in the new eco-buildings created by the Foundation after the dismantlement of a local slum.
PROJECT’S MAIN GOAL:
To set up a “renewable energy community”, generating economic savings for member families with a stronger impact on marginalized people thanks to the “fairer” electricity distribution and pricing system based on social criteria, thus reducing both poverty AND inequality; a stronger awareness by participants on environmental issues and the importance of a cooperative approach, needed to strenghten the community.
The Foundation will create a “renewable energy community” in the eco-buildings constructed by the Foundation after the dismantlement of a local slum. The community will be able to produce, use and store solar energy. Given the presence of marginalized people among the beneficiaries, a specific electricity distribution and pricing algorithm has been designed to manage the community: it is based on social criteria, taking into account the social priorities of the users, tackling both energy poverty and inequalities.
Within this project, Messina CF will be tackling SDGs 1.2, 1.5, 10.2, 11.1, 13.3 because the target area is a local urban slum, a context characterized by a combination of several elements of socio-economic degradation: poverty, inequality, marginalization, housing precarity and low awareness of climate issues. The policies to address such complex context must necessarily be complex as well. The MESSINA ENERGY COMMUNITY is part of a wider development programme implemented by the Foundation in such area.