Stakeholder meeting with the energy community Grunneger Power in Netherlands, Slovakia - Bratislava

Organized by: Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA)

On Tuesday the 22nd of March 2022 at 13:30 was held a stakeholder meeting of SHREC which was organized by Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency in Bratislava, Slovakia. The meeting was held online with more than 20 participants in total.


13:30 – Welcoming the participants and presentation of the SHREC project and its activities (Slovak)

13:45 – Steven Volkers, director of Grunneger Power, presenting about the establishment of the community, its history and the good practices (English)

14:15 – Discussion with Grunneger Power (English)

14:45 – Discussion with the participants as following up to the inspirations from the energy community Grunneger Power, possible ways to set them up in Slovakia

15:25 – Summary and conclusion

The Grunneger power energy community has been operating in the Netherlands since 2011, bringing together more than 1,000 people and one of the largest in the country. Initially, they acted as an awareness-raising platform and later implemented specific projects, e.g. construction of a photovoltaic power plant financed by members' contributions (crowdfunding) and a bank loan.

The activities of this community were presented as an example of good practice in the use of RES in the project SHREC. The purpose of the meeting is to acquaint key public and private sector entities about the functioning of the energy community and to gain inspiration for the creation of an action plan to support the development of energy communities in Slovakia, which will be the output of the project.

The meeting and the fruitful discussion itself had a very good response among all the participants. The participation of representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of the Environment and the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency was really important. The knowledge we got from the meeting will crucially help our colleagues from SIEA, who are currently working on a new programming period 2021-2027, in setting its goals and conditions. By adopting the EU´s winter energy package in Slovak legislation, the development of energy communities will be possible, therefore, we need to be prepared for the change.