Sustainable energy through innovative energy services
New business models in the energy services industry can now be developed with a grant through Horizon 2020. The goal of such a grant application is to develop business models that better monetise future energy savings. The following types of applications are envisaged:
- Proposals focusing on the roll-out of business models for innovative energy efficiency services (e.g. energy performance contracting), enabling to fully monetise the resulting energy savings.
- Proposals replicating successful innovative financing solutions already implemented across the EU as well as successful innovative energy services. Particular attention should be given to innovative solutions enabling aggregation, securitisation, project bundling, risk sharing, structuring of clearing houses, or developing new investment mechanisms (e.g. crowd-funding for sustainable energy).
- Proposals implementing large-scale capacity building for public authorities and SMEs to set-up or use innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
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