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María Ángeles López Cabarcos
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Administración e Dirección de Empresas de Lugo
Spain
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9844-8767
Noelia Romero Castro
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Administración e Dirección de Empresas de Lugo
Spain
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8956-0367
Vanessa Miramontes Viña
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Facultade de Administración e Dirección de Empresas de Lugo
Spain
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1197-9635
Vol 29 No 2 (2020): Special Issue: Socio-economic challenges of demographic change, Articles, pages 1-25
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15304/rge.29.2.6914
Submitted: 31-05-2020 Accepted: 01-10-2020 Published: 16-10-2020
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Abstract

Renewable Energy Communities (CER) has been postulated in academic literature as a potential source of opportunities for sustainable rural development. The new strategic lines of the Spanish government suggest that they could begin to be encouraged in a more forceful way, making it necessary to analyze the conditions of the predisposition to participate/invest in this type of initiative. Based on the information collected through a survey in a small town in Galicia, we analyzed, using quantitative techniques (principal component analysis and multiple regression analysis), the sociodemographic and sociopsychological characteristics that determine the willingness to participate/invest in a rural CER project. The results reveal that gender, income level and a social capital factor related to trust and cooperation are significant. These results allow us to
formulate conclusions and recommendations for researchers, promoters and legislators.

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