“RES MED COMMUNITIES” project : Focus on solving challenges of rural and island areas.

AEGEA together with REGEA participate in the INTERREG MED horizontal project “RES MED Communities”, focused on solving challenges met by rural and island areas regarding Energy Transition.

The Interreg MED Programme gathers 13 European countries from the Northern shore of the Mediterranean. The program supports projects developing innovative concepts, good practices and the promotion of a sustainable growth in the region. In order to support the Energy transition, INTERREG MED co-funded 6 modular projects, specifically focused on solving challenges met by rural and island areas regarding energy transition, in the framework of the Renewable Energy sub division of the Interreg MED program.

The projects deliver activities on two streams :

  • Islands
  • Rural areas.

It promotes the adoption of an ecosystemic project development approach, referred as Ecosystemic Transition Unit.

AEGEA (the Aegean Energy and Environment Agency) together with REGEA ( The North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency), are participating to the “RES MED Communities project”, through the Pegasus project. This project is one of the 6 projects that were funded under the Interreg MED program. It aims at giving evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of microgrids in disadvantaged areas, such as Islands.

This initiative is of particular interest for Islands, due to the specific needs and problems encountered by those territories spread all over the Mediterranean territory. Amongst those difficulties, we can especially address energy production, distribution and utilization issues. Mediterranean Islands, through the different projects and innovations in the energy field, are particularly good cases to be studied, especially due to their potential exposure to natural catastrophes.  These projects allowed for the development of good practices, tools and guides that were proven useful for local stakeholders in planning their energy transitions.

A global horizontal project, Greencap, aims at capitalizing the results of the finalized modular projects results and ensure their replication. One of GreenCap achievement was indeed the publication of a Brochure gathering Interreg MED Renewable Energy Communities Good Practices (Available for download here). This booklet provides access to results, tools and guides from all recent Interreg MED projects related to the renewable energy transitions of rural and island areas. 

The transnational nature of the project aims at creating a common network among all the established partnerships of the 6 funded projects, resulting in a community where activities and results are shared. The main output of the project will be the creation of a MED community, as well as the creation of synergies between the projects, analysis of the results, and a dissemination and capitalization of the possible outcomes. The global outcome expected from this MED RES project is the boosting of the impact that each project can achieve due to the multiplication of the targets and growth of expertise gained through comparison of the results obtained via different approaches. 

Discover more about the Interreg MED RES initiative and its related projects here.