Call for application of interest for 30 renewable energy islands, Phase 3 (2023)
Get ready to dive headfirst into the EU islands call for the application of interest for 30 renewable islands for 2030. The aim of this third call is to identify and provide technical support to 30 islands or groups of islands for the next three years. Thus, propelling islands towards the ambitious target of achieving complete energy independence through 100% renewable sources by 2030.
The secretariat will assume its role in assisting EU islands in devising, preparing, and implementing decarbonisation plans for their energy systems. Building upon experience from previous technical assistance for islands, the secretariat will extend technical and organisational support to islands, ensuring they receive comprehensive guidance throughout their journeys. A particular emphasis will be placed on providing intensive assistance to the 30 pioneering islands while actively involving numerous follower islands.
Commencing on 8 June, 2023, the call for the application of interest for 30 renewable islands or groups of islands for 2030 opens. Interested islands are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline of September 6, 2023. Every island or groups of islands, regardless of its progress in the energy transition, has the power to dream big and embark on the transformative journey towards complete renewable energy by 2030.
Technical assistance to clean energy projects on islands, Phase 2 (2022)
The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat launched its second call for assistance, which was open from 23 February until 23 March 2022. EU islands were encouraged to apply with their clean energy projects for the 20 spots open for technical assistance.
With this second Call, the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat continues offering support to European islands to further advance in their clean energy transition. From formulating strategic energy transition plans to grid integration studies, regulatory analysis, or help finding financing for concrete projects: this technical support aims to bring solutions to all European islands tailored to whichever phase of the transition they are in.
All the details of the application process, eligibility, and evaluation are included in our Guide for Applicants. Islands were first invited to use a self-assessment tool to refine the type of support they needed and then apply by filling out an online form that included a description of the requested support services, the expected impact of the project and the stakeholder team that takes responsibility. A webinar was organised on 3 March (which can be watched here) to present relevant examples from the first call and the details of the second call.
Islands were able to submit questions regarding the provided support and the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the secretariat's regional partners were available to explain the application process to the island stakeholders in their local language.
Support provided to islands during Phase I
Support to the development of Clean Energy Transition Agendas
During Phase I, the Secretariat worked with 20 pioneering islands, spread over 10 European countries, on the development of their Clean Energy Transition Agendas (CETAs).
Building on the lessons learnt with the pilot islands - who published their CETAs in November 2019 - the pioneering islands developed their strategic plans to start (or to continue) with the clean energy transition while involving the main stakeholders on the island. The Secretariat collaborated with the pioneering islands by steering the writing process and providing methodological and technical guidance.
Thirty islands were selected during Phase I for Project Specific Support. The chosen projects range from identification to pre-development phases and cover topics like solar and wind power, renewable energy potential, buildings, grids, financing, etc. The Secretariat worked closely with these islands to provide technical and financial assistance to bring these specific projects closer to the final development phase.