Energy communities on Greek islands: placing citizens at the heart of a low carbon energy system
ECOISM supports island municipalities and communities of DAFNI Network’s members in the set-up and operation of Energy Communities, which will contribute to a citizen-centric energy transition of the Greek islands. It is a project funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), a financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
DAFNI coordinates the project and is responsible for the creation of a handbook which will guide step-by-step all interested stakeholders throughout the process of setting-up an Energy Community as well as for highlighting the most promising clean energy projects into which Energy Communities could invest depending on each island’s intrinsic characteristics. DAFNI will also organize workshops in all its island members in order to raise awareness about the opportunities that Energy Communities bring to their members and the island as a whole.
Additionally, the project will assist 5 island municipalities wishing to set up Energy Communities with technical project analysis and investment plans in order to develop clean energy projects within their community.
ECOISM aspires to highlight the challenges islands face in maturing clean energy projects, to recommend solutions to tackle them within the framework established for Energy Communities and to enhance knowledge and best practices transfer with other EU islands.
The project partners involved are the following: Network of Sustainable Greek Islands (DAFNI), National Technical University of Athens, nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research.