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Financing community energy projects

The demand for innovative financing models tailored to the needs of energy communities is growing but the market is not providing adequate solutions. The market gap between available funding and the specific needs of community energy initiatives is widening.

However, all across Europe we see the emergence of new alternatives: Community Energy Financing Schemes (CEFS). Our project aims to harness the wisdom of these pioneering European models by replicating and adapting them across the continent.

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Are you an investor, policymaker or energy community? Then you should take a look at our CEFS.


Whether you're part of a community energy project, a public or private
financing institution, or simply seeking to deepen your understanding,
our resource library offers a wealth of carefully curated tools and


Webinar: Introduction to ACCE and Community Energy Financing Schemes

Are you an energy community that has often found it impossible to finance your projects due to a lack of confidence on the investor side? Are you an investor interested in a just and democratic energy transition but do not want to take big risks? Then we recommend you watch the first webinar of the ACCE project!

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ACCE Financial Handbook

This guide aims at facilitating the set-up of a CEFS. For doing so, it identifies the main barriers, and their resulting bottlenecks to set up a CEFS, and highlights solutions to overcome those barriers and transform obstacles into opportunities.

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RES Project Development Guide

In this guide, we identify the main types of CEFSs that energy communities could use. We also describe the key characteristics and and success factors of each of these CEFS.

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The ACCE Project

Across Europe, more than 1.5 million citizens are actively involved in the energy transition. A common challenge many face is limited access to capital.

That’s where Project ACCE hopes to provide a solution: in devising financing solutions crafted to align with the specific requirements of community energy projects.

Our approach builds on the proven success of existing Community Energy Financing Schemes (CEFS), which have already been instrumental in bolstering energy communities throughout Europe.


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The ACCE project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union.

Disclaimer: The ACCE website reflects the views of the project partnership and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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