The campaign consists of the following parts:
1. Information offer:
(information event for housing companies, building owners and project developers, circa 25 participants at a time)
What are the current determining factors for large solar systems?
Why implementing them now?
Which experiences have been made so far (practical examples)?
How do I achieve the switch to solar systems (step-by-step)?
Which proposals does "Erdgas+Solar XXL" offer for it?
2. Initial consultation for solar heating
General questions asked by housing companies (interested in solar heating) are picked up within an initial consultation and answered individually. The "Erdgas+Solar XXL Check" helps analysing the actual stock and calculates the potentials of different buildings. A suggestion how to go on will also be given.
3. Feasibility studies
A feasibility study referring to a certain building is a competent basis for a decision and gives detailed information about:
feasibility of the constructional realisation in the building
recommended system parameters
efficiency of the solar heating utilisation
available funding and practical advice
4. Solar funding
The campaign "Erdgas+Solar XXL" gives information about the conditions for grants from different programmes, supports the application, and calculates the amount of the grant. Furthermore, the GASAG provides financial support for the technological combination of natural gas and solar heating within the campaign, providing a grant of:
The funding is applied for all plants with surface areas larger than 20 sqm. The once-only payment of the maximum grant per system is 5,000 €.
5. Campaign "Solaragenten gesucht!"
("Searching for 'agents' promoting solar systems!")
To reveal the existing potentials of Berlin’s roofs, the so called "Solaragenten" look for appropriate areas. These 'agents' are young Berlin people aged 15 and older (mainly pupils, but also apprentices and students), who use their summer break to scrutinise buildings in Berlin closely.
In order to reach the broad mass of young people, it was intended to co-operate with schools, youth organisations such as Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin (foundation dealing with environmental protection), the network of FÖJ (gap year taken to do voluntary work in the environmental sector), International Youth Community Services, and with youth and recreational facilities.