Ispaster hosted its first LocalRES citizens’ workshop

Every Renewable Energy Community (REC) has its own goals and ideas on how to create a more sustainable future. Ispaster community will be no exception!

Ispaster is a small village of 725 inhabitants, located in the coast of Bizkaia in Spain. Ispaster’s inhabitants are willing to increase their local self-efficiency as regards energy production.   


On May 5th 2022, the LocalRES project organized a workshop with 14 members from the community of Ispaster at the local Casa de la Cultura. The attendees were already interested in energy-related topics, including energy communities.  


For LocalRES, the workshop represented an opportunity to present the project and its concept, to get feedback from users on its planning tool and to establish a dialogue during a workshop that focused on defining the most urgent goals and needs of the local community. 


This workshop is the third of a series of four co-design sessions that aim to gather information and inputs for the design of a planning tool to support local communities, involving citizens from the four demonstration sites: Ispaster, Spain; Berchidda, Italy; Ollersdorf, Austria; Kökar, Finland.

Workshop Introduction  

During this event, the LocalRES team made an overall introduction of the LocalRES project.


To introduce the concept of “energy communities” and Renewable Energy Communities (REC), the team made a state of play of the energy market. People want to take part in the energy process as prosumers. During the workshop, the interest of Ispaster’s community in being part of the energy transition process was clearly expressed. 

Collecting the citizen’s feedbacks  

After the introduction and the presentation of the planning tool, a plenary session allowed the team to discuss with the community. 
Throughout the discussion stage, the participants have shown to be very interested about the project and the related topics.
Many questions were asked about the planning tool 
  • Its availability: according to our project coordinator: “Interested people may use it and obtain detailed information. Others could use it to discover 
  • Its calculation: the planning tool will provide as results the costs associated with the actions, but also savings, incomes and economical return in general 

Define collective goals and share information 

Some participants wanted to define first goals for the municipality community. The final goal is for Ispaster to be self-efficient.  
One of the main identified problems is the lack of context and information about the timing of the activities of the project. However, participants offered several suggestions on how to engage more citizens 

As a conclusion…

It is possible to state that a democratic energy transition in Ispaster is possible, thanks to the high commitment and participation of the community and to the actions and the planning tool that LocalRES will develop with the citizens’ collaboration.