Energy communities in the EU find themselves at very different stages in their development; some are informal groups that have just started thinking about the possibility of setting up an energy community, some are already established legal entities that only need a last bit of expert support to get their clean energy project over the finish line.
With this in mind, the Energy Communities Repository will provide different forms of support to at least 150 energy communities overall, taking into consideration the different needs of applicants:
These activities will be complemented by EU-wide capacity-building webinars.
To apply for assistance Communities can be a legal entity, an informal community of actors, or a collective of actors. If a legal entity, the community must be a Citizen Energy Community or a Renewable Energy Community (or the national equivalent of these definitions). You can find more information about this in the application guidelines.
The Energy Communities Repository will provide technical assistance primarily for urban communities. Rural communities will be supported by the Rural Communities Energy Advisory Hub.
The definition of rural and urban for the purpose of the Energy Communities Repository is based on the Degree of Urbanisation (you will find more information on this in the application guidelines).
In order to make sure every applicant community is considered by the right initiative, the Repository and the Advisory Hub may exchange information about the applications received. The purpose of this is to make sure if for instance a rural energy community accidentally applied to the Repository, the community will be able to receive support by the Advisory Hub instead.
The application process is designed to limit the work required by applicants when putting the application together while ensuring tailored support adapted to the energy communities’ needs. The below visual gives you an overview of the main steps and timelines to keep in mind:
Step 1: Pre-application
Step 2: Application & Submission
The application form is divided into 4 parts and should not take longer than 20 minutes to fill in.
Step 3: Evaluation
Eligible applications will be assessed, ranked and grouped using the Eligibility and Assessment Criteria (see guidance notes below). Evaluation will be conducted after each cut-off date and the applicant will receive feedback no later than 1 month after.
Based on the information provided by the applicants, the consortium will pre-select the most suitable technical assistance activity for each applicant, and group applicants by needs and country for the capacity building workshops.
The deadline to submit your application to the second call is 31 October. Hurry up!