Smart solar energy for residents of social housing in Belgium

Providing renewable energy to social housing is not straightforward. The past few years have shown that more than once. There are quite a few hurdles to overcome, but in these times of uncertainty about energy prices, the two parties involved are together pulling full steam ahead with renewable energy in the interests of residents.

Profit for all
The social housing company is convinced that this provides nothing but benefits for the tenants. “A lower energy cost for the tenant means a little more breathing space for other living needs and in this way we can also reduce the risk of (more) poverty,” says Eddy De Vlieger, general manager of SHM Denderstreek.

The only cost that the tenant has following the installation of PV panels is a rent charge that one is obliged to pay (this is imposed by the government). But this rent charge is calculated in such a way that the tenant always benefits from the PV panels, even if they benefit from social rates. So the energy bill will reduce significantly anyway.” – Tom Van Den Berghe – project manager SHM Denderstreek

Fast realisation
There are several strong elements in the approach”, says Pieter Callebaut, strategic business developer of IZEN. “The Social Housing Company can count on a completely worry-free approach. Moreover, we go for a quick realisation. We provide 102 houses with a complete solar installation in 10 days”.

IZEN stands for a very professional approach. Everything is discussed and well prepared in advance so that the implementation runs extremely smoothly. There is a very good communication to the building owner and the tenants.” Tom Van Den Berghe – Project Manager SHM Denderstreek

Educational package and party for residents
What’s going on up there on your roof? How do you make sure you’re using your power optimally? What does this mean for me? Will this cost me more in rent? How do you use energy more economically? IZEN creates an educational package for residents. “Little text, lots of pictograms and in different languages. Those are the parameters. The recipient really has to get something out of it,” says Pieter Callebaut. The residents are also invited to a festive and educational moment.

Perscontact SHM Denderstreek:
Mieke Dobbenie
+32 471 17 99 08

Perscontact IZEN
Pieter Callebaut
+32 470 89 08 99


Rebranding and opening of a new branch in Asse for Axians/TranzCom

Asse, 3 October 2022 – TranzCom, the brand of VINCI Energies Belgium dedicated to telecommunications and energy distribution, recently transferred its telecommunication activities to its Axians brand. Axians is the brand of VINCI Energies that focuses on information and telecommunication technology. In addition to the rebranding, both Axians and TranzCom will be relocating to new premises on Kruiskouter in Asse, with the festive opening planned for 5 October!

VINCI Energies Belgium, employing a workforce of 2,800 and with a revenue of €600 million euros, acquired the former AEG TranzCom in 2015. The current rebranding campaign will house TranzCom’s telecommunications activities with Axians. The energy division will continue to operate as TranzCom. Furthermore, both entities will be relocating to new premises in Asse.

The site in Asse, with new office spaces, a 4,000 m2 metal workshop, test laboratories and numerous other facilities, will be accommodating 110 employees, ranging from engineers and technicians to skilled workers and administrative staff, for at least nine years’, announces Frédéric Mayné, Managing Director of VINCI Energies Belgium’s Infra & Telecom Division.

‘The new premises will give us the space and facilities we need to achieve our ambitions for the coming years. We are currently looking for more than ten highly qualified candidates to fill a number of vacant positions’, says Marc Lemaire, Managing Director of VINCI Energies Belgium. ‘In our ongoing search for efficiency and simplification, bringing similar activities together under the same brand name in order to achieve maximum synergy is a logical and inevitable step.’

Giving back to the community
Aside from the rebranding and relocation to Asse, there is another reason to celebrate for VINCI Energies and its subsidiaries: the 10-year anniversary of the VINCI Fund. The company has always demonstrated a high level of social engagement and, together with its employees, wishes to contribute to the wellbeing of the local community through social and/or sports activities. This prompted the company to establish the Belgian VINCI Fund in 2012.

The VINCI Fund supports organisations with a social and societal goal, joining forces to fight every form of exclusion and give every member of our society a place, position and dignity of their own. We do this not only through financial support, but also by giving our employees the chance to do volunteer work (via a mentorship) for the organisations that receive support from the Fund, concludes Marc Lemaire.

The job vacancies at TranzCom can be found here: