CONGREGATE

Promoting building renovation and renewable energy cooperatives in Southern and Eastern Europe through targeted communication and awareness raising

To promote interest and participation in building renovation and in the creation of energy cooperatives, CONGREGATE project combines two distinctive actions.

First, it develops a communication strategy to support national building renovation strategies in Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania and organises at least 28 events to promote this strategy. For each country, the project monitors and analyses how current renovation programmes impact residents’ energy and financial savings as well their behaviours and attitudes. Results from this study inform future national campaigns for civic engagement in building renovation programmes.

Second, the project promotes the establishment of public-private renewable energy cooperatives in Bulgaria, Greece, and the Czech Republic. To do so, it conducts three case studies per country and supports feasibility studies in the involved municipalities. The project then organises at least 19 events to raise awareness for the results of the studies.

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The role of INZEB

INZEB is involved in the section action of the CONGREGATE project promoting the establishment of public-private renewable energy cooperatives in Bulgaria, Greece, and the Czech Republic. Specifically, INZEB will develop three feasibility studies for three municipalities in Greece and promote the action through various communication means.
The report of the CONGREGATE project on energy communities and energy cooperatives “Completed Set of General Solutions for Renewable Energy Cooperatives” is now published. The report is result of the collaboration between Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect (Bulgaria), SEVEn (Czech Republic), and INZEB (Greece) and sets the foundation for the development of a common framework enabling the mass roll-out of energy cooperatives in the three countries which are particularly engaged in this area under the CONGREGATE project – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Greece. It starts with a review of the current state of play regarding the EU legislation and its implementation at national level, analysing the existing good practices, identifying gaps and obstacles, and setting expectations for immediate improvements in each of the countries. Then, the technological potential for renewable energy production is outlined in relation to the emerging practices of energy cooperatives, employing different organisational and legal forms and adapted to various economic targets and conditions.
You may download the report here.

Latest News

Memoranda of cooperation between INZEB and 3 municipalities of Greece, in the context of CONGREGATE project

November 23, 2021

INZEB as partner and representative of the CONGREGATE project in Greece, will prepare a feasibility study -in the context of the project- for the development and operation of Energy Communities (ECs) for 3 municipalities in Greece, to support these municipalities and consequently the wider local community. The 3 municipalities selected in this context and after extensive communication of …

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Online Workshop “Energy cooperatives in Central and Eastern Europe as means to empower local communities in their sustainable transition”

November 1, 2021

The online workshop “Energy cooperatives in Central and Eastern Europe as means to empower local communities in their sustainable transition”, is organised by the projects CONGREGATE, SCORE and Solar Cities, under EUKI Networking Conference 2021, on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, at 10:15-11:45 CET. The workshop’s aim is to discuss and exchange practical ways to strengthen …

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