EU to support islands’ renewable energy dreams

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Credit: Pixabay (seagul)

Islands in the EU can now benefit from a support mechanism for new renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that includes help with early-stage, pre-feasibility studies as well as technical and financial due diligence for more advanced projects.

The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat, representing the European Commission, launched the scheme earlier this week, allowing islands to apply for such assistance up until the end of June. Support under the scheme will then be delivered by June 2020.

The scheme was launched at the 3rd Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum in Stockholm and Mariehamn, where island stakeholders and EU representatives met to discuss transition models and consider key technologies for islands. At the forum, 26 islands and archipelagos signed a pledge publicly stating their commitment to a clean energy transition driven by the local community and became part of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative, that was launched in May 2017 in Malta.

The Secretariat provides guidance to islands on how to kick-start and advance their clean energy transition through stakeholder engagement, preparation of transition agendas, capacity-building, technical support on developing projects and financial plans as well as networking and community-building opportunities. Soon, it will also launch an online community to help islands connect and exchange relevant expertise.

Menorca published its 2030 energy transition roadmap in April targeting 85% renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030 and reducing the island’s current emissions by 71%.

In a Clean Energy for Islands release discussing Menorca's plan, it was stated: “Key actions identified to achieve this objective include the expansion and reconversion of the Milà area (currently dedicated to waste treatment), which will create a public area of ​​renewable generation through wind, photovoltaic and biogas hybridization. The plan further includes a commitment to promote photovoltaic self-consumption and the installation of renewables in urban areas; the establishment of local energy markets; the introduction of smart grids and storage technologies, and the commitment to energy efficiency in buildings.”

Plans for the introduction of electric vehicles are also in the making.

Also in April, members from the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat visited Sicily and pilot island Salina to establish and strengthen their contacts in the region. During the visit, they met representatives from the three supported Sicilian islands: Favignana, Salina and Pantelleria. Here, several related projects are ongoing, such as the introduction of electric mobility and the installation of residential solar systems through a group purchase.

The Balearic islands have already been active in supporting solar already. For example, large car parks and buildings on the Balearic Islands will have to start incorporating PV panels starting next year under newly-passed legislation.

Furthermore, the Balearic PV ecosystem is to be subsidised with an up to €60 million new programme, meant to help multiply installed capacity by a factor of three within years. 

Read Next

October 13, 2021
Calling for a three-fold increase in renewables investment in the next decade, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest edition of its World Energy Outlook, published today, has been largely welcomed by analysts and industry observers, who are urging world leaders to respond accordingly at the COP26 Climate Change Conference.
October 13, 2021
While solar PV and wind deployment will far outstrip additions from other electricity sources over the next decade, clean energy progress is still lagging behind what is needed to put global emissions into sustained decline towards net zero, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned.
October 12, 2021
The investment required to upgrade and expand transmission infrastructure across the world will be a key challenge as more renewables come online, consultancy EY has warned.
October 7, 2021
German energy major RWE has established a joint venture (JV) with Greek utility PPC that will develop utility-scale solar projects in Greece with a total capacity of up to 2GW.
October 6, 2021
US renewables developer Redeux Energy Partners is on track to build a 2GW pipeline of utility-scale solar and storage projects in the next 12 to 18 months after securing funding.
October 6, 2021
Spanish oil and gas major Repsol has increased its 2030 renewables target to 20GW, the bulk of which is expected to be solar PV, as part of efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021
BRISTOL, UK
Upcoming Webinars
November 10, 2021
8am (PST) | 5pm (CET)
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021