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About SHAREs

SHAREs is all about energy communities

The EU-funded initiative paves the way for putting consumers in the driving seat of the green transition process and assist them in becoming renewable energy producers, to improve energy efficiency, store heat and power, feed energy back into the grid and offer their demand flexibility to the market and thus turn them into collective Prosumers.

SHAREs supports Local Heroes in establishing their energy community and enable them to motivate and target consumers directly, including those who do not yet have an affinity for energy or are simply unfamiliar with the concept of energy communities.

Local Heroes

This is particularly important for countries where energy communities are yet to be established. However, even countries where energy communities already exist still have great potential to expand and develop their framework conditions for energy communities. The SHAREs consortium comprises partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, and Hungary.

How SHAREs supports energy communities and collective actions

SHAREs supports local heroes in establishing or expanding their energy community by creating country-specific platforms (SHAREs Gateway), which consist of two parts:

  1. A country-specific implementation toolkit to equip local heroes with the technical and logistic capacity to set up their energy community (legal framework, model contracts, technical and IT solutions, business models, etc.);
  2. The building blocks of a tailored “pick-and-mix” communication campaign to enable local heroes to promote their energy community or collective action effectively to their most relevant consumer groups.

Rather than starting from scratch, SHAREs will make the most of existing initiatives, project results, open-source solutions, existing data standards and national as well as European tools and will compile them into one single gateway. Where possible, SHAREs builds up on existing platforms and initiatives.

SHAREs supports a great variety of consumer-driven collective actions

SHAREs’ objective is to cover a great diversity of collective actions, contributing to increased energy efficiency and optimised energy management as well as a higher share of renewables. Thus, the term energy communities in SHAREs refers to all forms of collective actions by and for consumers such as cooperatives, collective purchase groups or other consumer-driven collective actions. In countries that have already implemented European law regarding energy communities, the focus lies on Renewable Energy Communities (REC) and Citizen Energy Communities (CEC).

SHAREs supports existing (pioneers), aspiring (pilots) and potential future energy communities

Pilots

We will directly support at least 20 emerging energy communities (pilots) in the six partner countries in setting up their energy community or collective action. Through their feedback, the materials developed in the project will be tested and improved. The pilots cover various forms of energy communities in a broader sense, including a cross-border energy community between Austria and Hungary.

Pioneers

Pioneer communities are existing energy communities or collective and can provide important insights based on their experience. They become part of a pioneer circle as an institution of knowledge for energy communities.

Mentoring

Through a mentoring scheme, pioneers pass on their first-hands experiences to aspiring energy communities. In addition, pioneers are supported by the materials developed in the project. They act as multipliers by disseminating the SHAREs Gateway and communicating about SHAREs in their own network.

Potential communities are key to make SHAREs a success and are approached through various multipliers in partner countries and on EU level. The partners’ strong national networks and European outreach ensures that the SHAREs Gateway can be strategically placed to reach the next local heroes founding their energy community.

The SHAREs Gateway combines the knowledge and tools of existing initiatives with the input of established energy communities and policy makers. After being tested and improved in at least 20 energy communities in six European countries, the SHAREs Gateway will be made available to all relevant stakeholders across Europe.