Energent is a Belgian cooperative over 1700 members founded in 2013 and located in Ghent. Energent is active in the fields of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency and energy services. Energent facilitated more than 600 of its members in improving energy efficiency in their houses and assisted more than 1000 household in PV installation.
In the Belgian pilot site, Energent will collaborate with Ecopower cv, a cooperative supplier and producer of green energy with more than 60,000 cooperative members. To 50,000 of its cooperative members, Ecopower supplies electricity from its own renewable energy production assets (e.g. wind turbines and PV installations). Ecopower was founded in 1991 and has three main goals: investing in renewable energy, supplying 100% green electricity to its cooperative members and promoting a rational use of energy, renewable energy and the cooperative business model in general.
The Belgian pilot will work further on the results of the ‘Buurzame Stroom’ project and the Interreg project cVPP. It will gather 50 users to test the COFY-box and focus on the integration and optimisation of self-generated electricity for heating and cooling.
The Belgian REScoopVPP pilot site collaborates closely with the FlexSys project, a project funded by the Belgian Energy Transition Fund, where Energent and Ecopower are project partners as well.