1. Name and contact details of the data controller and the in-house data protection officer
This data protection information applies to data processing operations by:
Rödl IT-Consulting GmbH
Äußere Sulzbacher Str. 100
Phone: +49 (9 11) 91 93-0
Fax: +49 (9 11) 91 93-19 00
You can contact our in-house data protection officer by sending an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +49 911 – 91 93-0.
2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as nature and purpose of its use
a) When visiting our website
When you access our website https://www.renerex.com the browser used on your end-user device automatically sends information to our website’s server. This information is temporarily saved in a so-called log file. Log files are deleted after 7 days at the latest. At the same time, the following information is recorded without any action on your part and saved until it is automatically deleted:
We process the above-mentioned data for the following purposes:
b) When registering for our newsletter
As far as you have expressly given consent in line with Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 letter a) GDPR, we will use your email address to send you regularly (on a quarterly basis) our “E-news” newsletter on renewable energies. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time, e.g. by clicking the link given at the bottom of every newsletter. Alternatively, you may communicate us your wish to unsubscribe anytime by sending an email to email@example.com.
c) When using our contact form
Should you have any questions, you can contact us via an online form provided on our website. When using the form, you need to give a valid email address and your name so that we know who sent the request and are able to answer it. Data processing for the purpose of contacting us is based on your voluntary consent according to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 letter a) GDPR. The personal data we collect when you use the contact form are deleted automatically after we complete handling your request.
d )When using our online platform
The data entered into the registration form during the registration process (first name and surname, email address, phone number, company name, business address) is collected and processed based on Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 letter b) GDPR.
bb) Use of our platform as a developer/ vendor
cc) Use of our platform as an investor
3. Disclosure of data
We do not disclose your personal data to third parties for any other purposes than those listed below. We disclose your personal data to third parties only if:
Moreover, to make our website more user-friendly, we also use temporary cookies; they are stored on your end-user device for a specified period of time. When you visit our website again to use our services, it will automatically recognise that you have already visited it before and will remember the entries and settings you have made, so you will not have to re-enter them.
Please note that disabling cookies entirely may mean that you will not be able to use all functionalities and features of our website.
5. Rights of data subjects
You have the right:
6. Right of refusal
If your personal data is processed based on the protection of legitimate interests according to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 letter f) GDPR, you have the right – in line with Art. 21 GDPR – to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation or if data is processed for direct marketing purposes. In the latter case, you have a general right to object and you do not need to specify any particular situation; if you exercise this right, we will no longer process your personal data for such purposes. If you wish to exercise your right to withdrawal or to objection, you only need to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Data security
For visits on our website, we use the common SSL method (Secure Socket Layer) combined with the respective highest encryption method supported by your browser. As a rule, this is a 256 bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256 bit encryption, we refer to 128-bit v3 technologies, instead. You may identify whether any individual page of our website is encrypted if a locked key or padlock symbol is displayed in the lower status bar of your browser. Apart from that, we use appropriate technical and organisational security measures in order to protect your data against incidental or intentional manipulations, partial or complete loss, destruction or unauthorised access of third parties. Our security measures are constantly being improved in line with the technological developments.
In this context, please note that we cannot ensure entire data security of email communication. Therefore, we recommend that you send confidential information by post.
1. Subject of the Contract, Area of Applicability
3. Registration, Closing of Contract, Duration of Contract, and Termination of Contract
3.1 In order to use the platform, each user must register by completing the respective registration form, providing the information marked as obligatory therein, and create a user account. Without creating a user account, use of the platform, and the services and contents of the platform, is not possible. In particular, when registering the user can choose to receive our newsletter regarding renewable energies. By ticking “Yes” the newsletter will be sent to his or her mail address, by ticking “No” the user can refuse to receive the newsletter. If the user does not make a decision “No” will be selected automatically. After registration, users receive an e-mail from Rödl & Partner to verify their e-mail address. Following the verification of the e-mail address, a plausibility check, both for developers / vendors and investors, is conducted subject to paragraphs 4.2 and 5.1. After the successful completion of the plausibility check, the user account is activated. The respective user receives an e-mail informing him or her of the activation of the account containing a link to log on to the user’s account. The user can then use the platform and his or her user account. The contract between the user and Rödl & Partner is concluded when the user account is being activated. In case of a failed plausibility check, the user account is not activated. Rödl & Partner will inform the user of that fact in the course of the registration process. In that case, no contract has been concluded between the user and Rödl & Partner.
3.2 When registering, users are being differentiated based on their intended use of the platform as either project developers / vendors or investors. Different registration forms are being provided for developers / vendors and investors. Depending on the kind of registration, users receive different permissions regarding the available platform services. Therefore, users must choose the registration form applicable to them when registering.
3.3 There is no entitlement to a user account. Rödl & Partner reserves the right to deny registration, or deactivate or delete user accounts in case of false and/or incorrect information, false identity, or wrong choice of user role (project developer / project vendor, investor).
3.4 The duration of the contract is indefinite and the contract can be terminated by either party in writing or by e-mail at any time, becoming effective at the end of the month following the month during which such termination was communicated to the other party.
3.5 Rödl & Partner reserves the right to deactivate or delete the user account, and to archive – in case Rödl is legally required to maintain the data – or delete the associated saved data after one month counting from the day the termination of contract became effective. Until then, the respective user may demand that the data be provided to him or her. The user must direct this demand at email@example.com. Rödl & Partner will provide the user data in a common data format. There is no such provision of user data after the above holding period has elapsed.
4. Special Conditions for Developers / vendors
4.1 After successful registration and account activation, each developer / vendor can add information regarding projects developed by him or her to the platform. The developer / vendor must correctly describe each project.
4.4 Developers / vendors can assign adjustable information levels within the projects listed on the platform. Developers / vendors thereby decide, on own account, which information they make accessible to investors. Rödl & Partner has no influence over this process of exchange of information and is not involved therein whatsoever.
4.5 The information provided for listed projects than can be made accessible to registered investors is, or can be, assigned to different information levels. For basic information about the project the information level ”Public” should be chosen. Information of this information level “Public” is visible to registered investors, but not to other registered developers / vendors. The respective developer/ vendor decides on own account which information about his or her project is subject to the information level “Public”.
4.6 Detailed or confidential information shall be marked as information level ”Confidential”. Information of this information level “Confidential” is visible to registered investors who actively ask for access to that information, and who are actively granted access to that information by the respective developer / vendor, only. The respective developer/ vendor decides on own account which information about his or her project is subject to the information level “Confidential”.
4.7 The developers / vendors are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information regarding their projects and any further confidential information themselves. To that end, developers / vendors can, in addition to the information of the respective project, add own confidentiality agreements as part of the respective project information on the platform, and can ask the investor to sign such an own confidentiality agreement prior to granting the investor access to information of information level ”Confidential”. Rödl & Partner will not provide any recommendations or templates regarding such confidentiality agreements. This falls within the responsibility of the users.
4.8 In order to safeguard against espionage by competitors, each developer / vendor can only see and edit his or her own projects on the platform. The only information developers/ vendors can retrieve about projects of their competitors (identity remains undisclosed) is the cumulative capacity and the number of all projects published on RENEREX for the respective country. Furthermore, the developer/ vendor can access for each technology how many projects have been published for the respective country and their cumulative capacity. This information is retrievable for each user at the front page of his or her account.
5. Special Conditions for Investors
5.2 After their correct registration, investors can retrieve basic information about registered projects on the starting page of their user account. This information includes the cumulative capacity and the number of all projects published on RENEREX for the respective country. Furthermore, the investor can retrieve for each technology, how many projects have been published for the respective country and their cumulative capacity. Additionally, the investor has access to information such as country, technology, capacity, the information level of registered projects, and information available on the information level “Public” for individual projects. The content provided on information level “Public” is determined by the respective developer / vendor (see 4.5).
5.3 Investors who desire access to information provided on information level “Confidential” must request access to that information from the respective developer / vendor. The developer / vendor will either grant, or deny such access by the developer’s / vendor’s own choosing, and on the developer’s / vendor’s own account. Rödl & Partner is not a part of this process.
6. Responsibility for Access Credentials
6.1 During the registration process, users are prompted to choose a user name and password. With these credentials, users can log into their user account and the platform after approval and activation of the user account. Every user is responsible for the username not infringing on the rights of third parties such as, in particular, brand names and trademarks, and that it is not offensive to other users.
6.2 Access credentials, including the password, must be kept secret by the user and must not be shared with unauthorized third parties.
6.3 Each user is further responsible to ensure that access to the platform and the use of the services provided on the platform is restricted to the respective user and/ or persons authorized by the respective user. When a user suspects that unauthorized persons may have gained knowledge of the access credentials of a user, Rödl & Partner must be informed thereof immediately. Subject to law, the user is liable for any platform use and/or other activity that occurs in connection with the user’s access credentials.
7. User Information Updates
7.1 Users are required to maintain current user information, including contact information. If, while this contract is in effect, the provided information changes, the user must correct it within the personal settings of his or her user account immediately. In case the user is unable to perform this task, the user must communicate the changes of his or her user information to Rödl & Partner by e-mail. Rödl & Partner will remind users of their obligation to update their information periodically.
7.2 Developers / vendors are further required to archive or deactivate completed projects, or projects that are no longer available, in their user account. Rödl & Partner will automatically deactivate projects after a period of eight weeks without editing by the user. In case of undesired deactivation, the respective users can request the re-activation of their projects. Rödl & Partner will remind developers / vendors of their obligation to update project data and explain further steps by e-mail prior to deactivation.
8. Specification of Services(/ Platform Services and Contents)
8.1 Rödl & Partner provides a platform to establish contact between developers / vendors and investors, to assess and evaluate projects, and to facilitate transactions relating to investments into different kinds of renewable energy projects. Renewable energy projects, in this context, specifically refers to photovoltaic power, wind power, hydropower, bioenergy, and geothermal power. Rödl & Partner reserves the right to admit further categories of renewable energy projects in the future.
8.2 Rödl & Partner reserves the right to provide different informational and other services depending on the chosen kind of user account (developer / vendor or investor). Such services can consist of the provision of information regarding support programs or a news box, for instance.
8.3 Rödl & Partner may, at any time, change the services provided on the platform free of charge, add new services to the platform free of charge or against payment, and may terminate services provided free of charge in addition to the platform and its functionalities. In such cases, Rödl & Partner will be considerate of users’ legitimate interests.
9. User-Added Contents, Rights of Use
9.1 Users, especially developers / vendors, can add content to the portal and make that content available to investors under the following conditions:
9.2 By adding content and/or projects users grant Rödl & Partner the rights of use thereof free of charge. This particularly refers to
9.3 Users are fully responsible for their added contents, including projects and data provided in the context of generation and publication of the projects. Rödl & Partner does not check whether contents are complete, correct, legal, current, of a certain quality, or regarding their usefulness for a particular purpose. Therefore, the user declares that he or she is the sole proprietor of all rights to contents and/or projects submitted by him or her to the platform, or that the user has the permission (e.g. by effective permission by the owner) to submit contents and/or projects to the platform, and permission to grant rights of use subject to paragraph 9.2 above.
10. Limitations of Use, Prohibited Activities
10.2 Any activity on, or in the context of, the platform is prohibited that is unlawful, infringes upon the rights of third parties, or violates the principles of the protection of minors. The following activities are prohibited in particular:
10.3 Further, and independent of any potential violation of laws, users are prohibited from the following activities when adding contents to the platform and/or communicating with other users (e.g. by sending personal messages):
10.4 Any activity that is capable of impeding the correct operation of the platform, especially activities that require unreasonable system resources, is also prohibited.
10.5 In case a user notices illegal or abusive use of the platform, or a use of the platform contrary to this contract, or any other unauthorized use of the platform, he or she must report this fact to Rödl & Partner immediately by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Rödl & Partner will investigate the reported activity and take appropriate steps if required.
10.6 In case there are grounds for suspicion of unlawful or criminal activities, Rödl & Partner is permitted, or obligated, to investigate the respective user’s activity and to initiate appropriate legal procedures. This may include informing the sate prosecutor of the activities. Independent of possible state prosecutor involvement, Rödl & Partner will temporarily or permanently remove the contents and/or projects, or the user account from the platform when unlawful and/or criminal activities are suspected until the investigation is finalized. In such cases, users will be informed of such measures by Rödl & Partner unless such information is prohibited by law, in particular due to tactical considerations of the state prosecutor, namely in cases of imminent danger.
11. Blocked Accounts
11.2 In case of a temporary or permanent block of a user’s account, Rödl & Partner will notify the respective user thereof by e-mail unless such information is prohibited by law, in particular due to tactical considerations of the state prosecutor, namely in cases of imminent danger.
11.3 In case of a temporarily blocked user account, Rödl & Partner will re-activate the account and user privileges. The user will be informed of the re-activation by e-mail. A permanently blocked account cannot be re-activated. Permanently blocked users are excluded from participation in the platform and must not register on the platform again. In such cases, Rödl & Partner is authorized to delete the permanently blocked user’s data subject to applicable legal requirements to maintain the data for specified amounts of time. Until such time passes, the user retains the right to demand that Rödl & Partner return the data to him or her subject to paragraph 3.5.
12.1 Rödl & Partner is committed to responsibly handle the users‘ personal information. The information gathered in the course of registering on the platform and using the available services are only being collected, processed, and utilized to the extent this is necessary to provide the services, to prevent abuse, and to investigate into suspected criminal activity, or to satisfy requirements imposed by law, government offices, or professional bodies.
12.2 Beyond that, Rödl & Partner only utilizes users‘ personal information to the extent to which the users explicitly agreed to. Users may revoke permissions granted at any time.
12.3 Data are being processed, saved, and deleted in accordance with legal requirements.
13. Limited Liability, Warranty
13.1 In case a user suffers damages due to the use of services provided on the platform, Rödl & Partner is only liable for such damages that result from the contractually agreed use of the platform contents and/or services, and if such damages were the result of Rödl & Partner’s willful intent or gross negligence. This limitation does not apply to damages to life, body, or health.
13.2 Rödl & Partner is fully liable for damages caused by Rödl & Partner, its legal representatives, management, or its agents because of willful intent or gross negligence.
13.3 In case of negligence, Rödl & Partner is only liable for substantial contract violations that prevent users from attaining the purpose of this contract, and whose occurrence users need not anticipate regularly. Liability is limited to damages that can be anticipated and are common to such kinds of contracts. This limitation does not apply to damages to life, body, or health.
13.4 Rödl & Partner assumes no responsibility for the correctness and completeness of information provided by and declarations made by users, added content, or information regarding, or in the context of, projects, nor for the identity or integrity of users.
13.5 Rödl & Partner assumes no responsibility for technical defects, especially regarding the permanent and uninterrupted availability of the platform and its contents, or for the complete and correct representation of contents added to the platform by users.
14. Other Stipulations
14.1 Declarations in Writing
14.2 Safeguard Clause
14.3 Applicable Law
14.4 Court of Jurisdiction
Information according to § 5 TMG (German Telemedia Act):
Rödl IT-Consulting GmbH
Äußere Sulzbacher Str. 100
Tel.: +49 (9 11) 91 93-0
Fax: +49 (9 11) 91 93-19 00
Amtsgericht Nürnberg, HRB 17126