What is the exact geographical coverage of NESOI?

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)

Which projects are taken into account? What is their size? What are the specifications?  

Projects of all kinds, contributing to islands’ decarbonisation, are concerned, namely renewables, energy efficiency (buildings, industry, public lighting...), energy storage, smart grids, etc.

Are islands interconnected to the mainland considered? 

Both types of islands (interconnected or not) are considered. It is one of the survey’s questions. 

For whom is the questionnaire designed? 

The questionnaire is designed for project promoters on islands. Those can be local authorities, private project developers, such as DSOs,energy companies etc.  

What is the objective of the survey? 

The objective of NESOI survey is to assess the islands’ needs in terms of technical assistance and the barriers they are facing, and to get the first vision of the projects that may apply to the NESOI facility. It is in October that we will launch a competitive call for projects. We will then select the projects that will be supported by NESOI based on transparent criteria.  

Are there any limitations in terms of size (territory, number of inhabitants) or otherwise for islands to participate?  

Eligible islands are inhabited ones. Apart from this, these is no other limitation. At the moment, for the survey all inhabited islands are much welcome to participate. 

Then, we will publish eligibility and selection criteria for the candidate projects to the competitive call we will organise (round 1 in October 2020 and round 2 by the end of 2021). Projects with high impact (with regards to energy savings, CO2 reduction, etc.) will be preferred.At the moment, more details can't be provided as the work is ongoing. 

Is the direct financing meant to hire an expert? 

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.

Could eligible partner also be a kind of association of islands? 

Beneficiaries should be project promoters – if the association is in this role, it’s fine. In this respect, archipelagos will be eligible.

Filling in this questionnaire is too long because we have many projects. 

You may select a sample of your most relevant and/or mature projects and provide detailed information only for those projects. For other projects, you may provide less detailed information. 

Our input only applies to Section 2 of the survey as potential technology providers, is there a way of filling section 2 only? 

Yes, you can flag the box confirming that you have already sent Section 1, and submit Section 2. 

Is it allowed for several entities who, let’s assume, have the right to submit a proposal with one Municipality or the Municipality is allowed to submit only one proposal?  

At this stage of NESOI survey, NESOI partners aim to map existing projects in order to assess the characteristics and maturity of the initiatives and to finetune the Technical Assistance which will be provided by the Facility. Therefore, the same stakeholder can indicate several projects. Several stakeholders can indicate projects corresponding to the same municipality with no limitation. Later, when NESOI opens its competitive call for projects (first round in October 2020), eligibility and selection criteria will be published in a transparent manner.