Model Communities are Local governments which, with ICLEI´s support, are committed to the development and implementation of a more comprehensive sustainable energy strategy.
The selection process includes country- and region-specific criteria with a strong focus on emerging leaders in the promotion of RE and EE.
The local authorities will be involved in the Local Renewables network linking them to other cities and will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICLEI defining the conditions of their involvement and commitment. Additional Model Communities will be invited pending on funding. The following cities have been selected as Model Communities:
The first city in India to adopt a city level energy policy to promote conservation of energy and energy efficiency, Bhubaneswar is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
With a history in renewable energy, Betim has installed extensive solar thermal in poorer city districts. Currently, it is integrating biofuel into the public transport system and the municipal fleet.
A prime participant in Local Renewables and Cities for Climate Protection projects in ICLEI, Coimbatore was selected for implementing the "Urban Climate Project - Building Clean and Efficient Cities" by ICLEI and the Indian Institute of Urban Affairs.
A Solar Power Pack System was installed on the Renewable Energy Resource Centre by ICLEI as part of a pilot project. The first International Workshop on the Local Renewables Model Communities Network took place in Nagpur in 2008.
Porto Alegre (Brazil)
A key large city to the relatively high energy consuming southern Brazil, the newest Model Community to join the network is currently exploring renewable energy policy options and preparing the set-up of their resource centre.