In theory, renewable energy is a no-brainer! However, local implementation of renewable energy projects often faces strong opposition. This can partly be explained by the ‘top-down’ planning approach, with minimal participation of local stakeholders and often resulting in closed, technical landscapes. Good design and an inclusive design process involving local stakeholders could change local attitudes towards renewable energy projects. Moreover, by not only focusing on energy targets, new types of energy landscapes can be designed that better fit the local context. The new landscape should relate to what local stakeholders want and need, increasing biodiversity and recreational networks, and still contributing to the renewable energy targets.