Plans to establish some of Europe’s island communities as world leading clean tech hubs received a further boost today with the launch of a new EU intiative to support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat has unveiled a new support mechanism for islands wishing to develop concrete clean energy transition projects. EU islands are now being invited to apply for assistance from the Secretariat up to the end of June. Proposals are expected to focus on specific renewables or energy efficiency projects that can be completed by June 2020. The project call was launched at the Third Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum in Stockholm, where island stakeholders and EU representatives are meeting to discuss transition models and identify key clean technologies that are suitable for island communities. Twenty-six islands and archipelagos have already joined the initiative and in the coming months the Secretariat is set to launch an online community to help islands connect and exchange best practices with each other, while also accessing external experts who can advance their clean energy transition. The latest developments could provide a further boost to a number of high profile projects. For example, the Balearic islands have signed up to a wide-ranging programme designed to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy, while the Scilly Isles are pioneering an £11m project to showcase a range of renewable, energy storage, and smart grid technologies.
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