NESOI addresses all inhabited islands belonging to any European Member State or to the United Kingdom. The islands outside the European Union or the United Kingdom are not eligible to NESOI services.
ELIGIBLE: The Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
NON ELIGIBLE: the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States: Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Greenland, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten), New Caledonia and Dependencies, Pitcairn, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
NON ELIGIBLE: the associated countries (AC)
Projects of all kinds, contributing to islands’ decarbonisation, are concerned, namely renewables, energy efficiency (buildings, industry, public lighting...), energy storage, smart grids, etc.
Both types of islands (interconnected or not) are considered.
Beneficiaries should be project promoters – if the association is in this role, it’s fine. In this respect, archipelagos will be eligible.
From eligibility perspective, there is no threshold in terms of leverage factor (the ratio between the investment and the required NESOI support). Nonetheless, NESOI acknowledges that projects being characterized by an indicative leverage of 20x would allow addressing appropriately project objectives. The leverage factor will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process, assigning higher scores to projects with higher leverage.
This is true only for private operators, who need to: (i) operating own assets on an eligible EU island; (ii) operating assets of public interest on an eligible EU island with concession from the relevant public authority for the realization of the intervention; (iii) promoting a project whose impacts are achieved on an eligible EU island, to be eligible.
"Connected to mainland" means connected from an energy point of view.
NESOI seeks for projects that need support as soon as possible. Projects will have different maturity level and timeline. Applications for early stage planning have to be implemented by 2027, while executable projects have to be put out for tender or contract before the end of NESOI project in September 2023.
Energy community means association of final consumers willing to undertake a joint project in the energy field. According to the eligibility criteria, this option applies only if the energy community is already set up. If it is about supporting the creation of a local energy community, the application has to be submitted by the municipality where the energy users are located. NESOI cannot finance an entity that does not exist yet. At the moment there are few energy communities in place, so we expect this option to be rarely ticked.
We don't want to support brand new thermal generation; however we are including projects that operate on existing plants to improve them and we can consider CHPs as high efficiency and sustainable generation
Yes, but they must provide a framework agreement and an official link with the Municipality via a Letter of support (template available here)
Yes, what is important is that the project to be presented must be on the island
As a private engineer, you're a "single person SME". As a private entity therefore, you must provide a framework agreement and an official link with the Municipality via a LOS
The limit of funding is on the entity, not on the island. So an entity can receive maximum 60 k€. To present more project on an island, more representing entities should be found
Yes, should this involve energy production on the island? not mandatorily but preferable
Yes, projects promoted by a consortium of legal entities (even if belonging to different member states) are eligible. In any case, no project can receive an overall support higher than the threshold (60k + 60k)
Also high-level and less "project-specific" studies are eligible
To be eligible, a project must be located in EU or UK (outermost regions included). In the evaluation phase, 4 macro-areas are foreseen: Baltic Sea, North-East Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Black Sea (jointly) and Other areas (e.g. non-European parts of Atlantic Ocean). The quality of the project will be evaluated as well.
A private entity (industrial plant, hotel for instance) is eligible provided the project concerns the asset in question or a public asset. If the aim is to install a new power plant, there is no asset yet, this case also is eligible. This will be explained in the Technical Assistance menus.
Active engagement of stakeholders resulting to measurable impacts
Yes, with the need for the transition plan to be formally approved by the local authority (planning document).
Yes, also national research centres are eligible for NESOI
Yes, Local Authorities can be the sole promoter
Uninhabited islands are not eligible
Lake islands are eligible. However the projects located on lake islands need to fulfil the criterion having an impact on the energy systems of the island achieving a positive impact in at least two of the following: primary energy savings, reduction of GHG emissions, improvement of local environmental conditions, mitigation of energy poverty.
EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES
NESOI aims to support approx. 60 projects in total through two open calls.
We would like to have both perspectives; from one side we want to achieve a relevant impact (i.e. absolute values) but from the other one we are aware that it would disadvantage project from smaller islands (which is not our objective)
The meaning of an archipelago can be interpreted in a flexible way. Several islands which are not part of the same geographical archipelago can benefit from the archipelago bonus if they apply together and put forward some synergies.
If your project gets the grant, the financial resources will be transferred in 2 payments, 50% will be paid after the mid progress report and 50% after the final report
Both at EU and National level
Public-Private Partnership is welcome, but there is no intention for additional bonus points if the project objective is achievable through such a legal form.
Private companies need to provide their background. If a company is new, lack of significant experience should be compensated by the choice of a mature technology or experience of technical providers.
APPLICATION FORM & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
It will be an online format equivalent maximum to a 10 Word page proposition
If engagement activities have already been performed, you can provide the details here. Otherwise, you can explain which are the planned activities to involve the relevant stakeholder in the future.
Public authorities need to follow European public procurement rules to select the advisor(s) to work on the project. In any case, the applicant could receive NESOI support in drafting the tender, mainly as far as technical specification of the services are concerned.
If the application is submitted by a private entity, the Letter of Support from the Public Entity is required already in the application phase.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED
The Financial leverage is the ratio between the total investment costs of the project supported and the total amount of the Technical Assistance coming from the NESOI facility. Despite not being an eligibility criteria, NESOI acknowledges that projects being characterized by an indicative leverage of 20x would allow addressing appropriately project objectives. The leverage factor will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process, assigning higher scores to projects with higher leverage or also excluding projects which do not achieve a ratio coherent with project characteristics.
No, but there is a maximum of 60k€ for funding
Technical Assistance for the final beneficiaries is 100% funded.
Yes, but not from another NESOI project
Yes, the payment scheme consists in two instalments subject to the approval of monitoring reports. No expenses occurred before the signing of the sub-grand contract will be considered as eligible. In addition, financial resources shall not produce a profit for the beneficiary.
No, the direct funding is devoted to procure local advisors who will cooperate with NESOI consortium members. Among the activities that can be funded are feasibility studies, engineering analyses, legal analyses, social studies, market studies, financial analyses, and further supporting tasks. The aim is to procure external services.
Pilots/PoCs can benefit from the innovation bonus we have defined in selection criteria. But the project, the role of the actors and technologies to be implemented have to be very well defined so as to make sure the project has a real impact in the local energy context. Co-financing correspond to the leverage factor: if NESOI provides support for a value of 120 k€ for instance, the investment mobilised has to be 15 to 20 times higher.
We can support pilot project within the boundaries of technical assistance providers. Innovative projects will have difficulties accessing market finance. We can support them in searching the need for finance. In other words, the purpose of NESOI is not to subsidize projects but to provide technical assistance (expert resources from NESOI + cascade funding for external expertise) so as to make the projects attractive to investors.
Yes, it can be part of NESOI support if the timeline allows. For clarification, NESOI can co-finance technical assistance, not capital expenditure. We can support the activity to go and find the missing co-financing.
The direct financing is meant to complement our own intervention. Typically, it will be used to hire service providers for technical assistance activities on legal technical and economic issues, in particular in relation to local and/or country-specific activities.
The support offered by NESOI is integrated in the two components - grant funding and direct support. It is therefore not possible to provide a beneficiary with only one of the two. Moreover, the expenses related to the internal staff are not eligible
Please use the NESOI Helpdesk available in several languages
Presenting the project, the end-user will be able to choose which type of Technical Assistance to be required. In the proposal you will be able to present which type of support would be needed in accordance to a set of capabilities/expertise that the NESOI supporting team could have
Applicants need to select the Technical Assistance Menu which best fits into their specific project and needs. Only if needed, they can suggest also some adjustments to the standard menus, in terms of activities, deliverables and grant amount. The final Technical Assistance structure and in particular NESOI direct support (provided by NESOI members in addition to the provision of grant funding) will be agreed in a negotiation phase after the evaluation, there is no need for the applicant to determine its value.
We will provide some menus for Technical Assistance to help applicants match their needs with NESOI support. In the NESOI menu, "pre-feasibility stage" corresponds to supporting project promoters in defining the roadmap of the energy transition project and seeking funding for instance in the framework of MFF 21-27. NESOI can also support early stage planning (for instance helping delivering energy or mobility transition plans), in this case the promoters have to commit to execute the project in the mid-term (more than a study, the NESOI support should lead to an implementation plan).
Technical Assistance to support the development of an energy transition plan is likely to have a value lower than 60k€. In this case, the outcome of the Technical Assistance would be a planning document.
The Technical Assistance menus are standard templates. In case the Menu is not coherent with your specific needs, you can suggest any adjustments which should be duly justified, i.e. adding or delating some activities you believe are/are not necessary to your project. The final Technical Assistance structure and in particular NESOI direct support will be agreed in a negotiation phase after the evaluation.
We provide support to ISLAND ONLY projects, while they provide projects to every type of municipality. They provide support to redaction of plans, we provide support to different type of projects
They can if they already have an agreement with the local authority, in compliance with tendering laws.
Matching private entities with islands is not in the scope of NESOI project. It can however be a result of NESOI for instance in case of the set-up of the PPP (in this case NESOI will support the local authority).