The COMPILE Stakeholder Engagement Guide provides ideas on how to start and structure an energy community, i.e. a group of citizens who want to develop activities in favour of a decentralised and democratic energy transition. It specifically focuses on the tools and techniques related to structuring the core group of an energy community project and raising support in the local community.

The Stakeholder Engagement Guide targets project leaders and citizens looking to build an energy community. It takes the standpoint of a community leader or organiser and assumes that you are at the very start of the project in your community. The Stakeholder Engagement Guide helps you engage with people that all share the same ambition to set-up and run an energy community project.

The goal of this part of the COMPILE toolkit is to guide you to a path rather than to provide a single answer to the question: how to start an Energy Community.