This project implements energy efficiency measures in the regional and municipal street lighting network, as well as energy efficiency retrofits in public buildings owned by the South Aegean Region. Street lighting will be implemented through PPP schemes, where public infrastructure projects will be co-founded by private capital. Project financing can also be combined with European Structural and Investment Funds under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) in order to finance activities related to pole replacement and electric system upgrade.
The Isle of Eigg launched an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar in 2008 with direct investment from islanders, making Eigg the world’s first community to develop such a project. The National Lottery and the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company partially funded The Heritage Trust to form a company, Eigg Electric Ltd. (partly citizen-owned), which would operate the new 1.6 million £ network.