Solarna Pecka: Crowdfunding campaign
There is one source of energy clean, sustainable and available for all, which does not contribute to climate change, does not pollute air or water and which is friendly towards our health and our environment. That’s solar energy.
There is a sustainable way of producing warmth and electricity from renewable energy sources, open, participative, local and accessible for all. That’s prosuming & community energy.
There is a village between the mountains where the Sana river is born, gifted with sun and natural wonders, home to good people. That’s Pecka.
There is one project wanting to bring people, wellness, sustainability and development back to Pecka, making it more accessible for everybody to enjoy it, more environmentally friendly, promoting and educating on the value of nature and rural communities. That’s “Visitor centar Pecka”.
There is one non-governmental organization working already 20 years in nature and environmental protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina, determined to empower B&H society’s decarbonization and energy transition towards more efficient, sustainable and decentralized energy production and consumption, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s real sustainable energy sources potentials as sun or wind. That’s Center for Environment (CZZS)/Friends of the Earth B-H.
And there is one way of putting all these together: Solar energy prosuming in Pecka in the context of the rural sustainable tourism project “Visitor centar Pecka”, with the local community, respecting their environment, promoting nature and biodiversity protection, and contributing both to sustainable development and climate crisis global challenges. That’s the initiative we have called “Solarna Pecka”. One the steps of our initiative was crowdunding campaign.
Visitor center Pecka and CZZS have joined forces with citizens from all B&H, Europe and the world, who care for health living conditions without air or water pollution: those who want to get engaged and play his/her part in the fight against the climate change, we want to make this initiative possible.
The Solar Pecka crowdfunding campaign „Solarna Pecka“ has been successfully completed in July 2019., managing to raise up to USD 6,687.
Thanks to the participation of a large number of citizens and individuals, not only from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but from around the whole world, the final amount has been overcome by 11 percent, making this campaign even more successful.
The “Solarna Pecka” campaign has lasted 26 days, during which 226 individuals and organizations have contributed to it. Besides, part of the contributions have been made directly to “Greenways” organization’s bank account, and several socially responsible companies and organizations have supported the campaign.
„Solarna Pecka“ is now the country’s first citizen initiative to bring solar energy to the rural area.
Solar energy is the future that is awaiting us, and through Pecka’s example together we can spark and promote this kind of sustainable energy source and show that power can be obtained in this way.
Appart from that, this campaign will bring Visitor Center Pecka a new educational dimension – an example of how solar energy can be used for energy generation with the direct participation of citizens and private companies, through this singular crowdfunding model. The benefits of Solar Pecka will be directly enjoyed by the local community and all visitors and beneficiaries of the Visitor Center Pecka.
For the installation of the entire 5.4 kW PV system on the visitor center’s roof and implementation of the whole prosuming idea in the center USD 13,000 are needed, which is actually our ultimate goal. Thanks to the successful completion of the crowdfunding campaign, the second phase has been already started, which will be realized with other organizations and companies support.
The success of our joint campaign is the confirmation of the commitment of a large number of citizens in investing in renewable energy sources, as well as in small successful projects that thanks to constant work and effort today contribute to the development of the whole region.
Crowdfunding is available here.