In a groundbreaking move for Hungary’s Northern Great Plain region, eight municipalities and two nonprofit organizations joined forces to establish Tiszamente Energy Community Nonprofit Ltd. in August 2023. This innovative initiative signifies a shift towards local and sustainable energy production, supply, and distribution methods.
At the central focus of Tiszamente Energy Community Nonprofit Ltd. lies the concept of community energy – comprising projects shaped by community participation, owned, and managed locally. This initiative ensures that the benefits of energy production, whether financial gains or energy for local initiatives remain within the community. By promoting small-scale energy production at a local level, this approach not only enhances self-sustainability but also fosters social cohesion, boosts local employment, and supports energy supply objectives such as diversifying sources and reducing dependency.
One of the main objectives of the Energy Community is to enable participating municipalities to generate electricity cost-effectively for their institutions (schools, kindergartens, nurseries, community centers, etc.), even by establishing solar power plants through their investments. In addition to electricity, they aim to produce thermal energy in the medium term and, to ensure residents and businesses benefit from preferential energy supply in the long run.
The foundation of this initiative traces back to projects, training, and seminars conducted by FEDARENE, where LENERG Energy Agency, based in Debrecen, Hungary, played a crucial role. As a project partner and mentee, LENERG engaged in knowledge transfer, moderating innovative regions. This experience catalysed the birth of the Tiszamente Energy Community, marking a pivotal moment in Hungary’s energy landscape.
This initiative introduces a pioneering business model in Hungary, aligning with the concept of energy communities and non-profit corporate structures. The establishment of Tiszamente Energy Community Nonprofit Ltd. not only signifies a shift towards sustainable energy practices but also embodies the spirit of community-driven change. By redefining the energy production and distribution grid system, it empowers local communities, contributing significantly to Hungary’s energy security and sustainability objectives.