The transition to climate neutrality cannot be achieved through technology and markets alone. The participation of citizens and local communities is crucial to making this transition efficient and just, and ensuring that everyone shares its economic, environmental and social benefits. Energy communities are a collaborative model that constitutes the perfect vessel for directly involving citizens and local communities in renewable energy facilities. As energy communities can have a strong social impact, they play an important role in society - beyond clean energy production.

This report analyses the social impact of energy communities in Greece and identifies more than 20 benefits of community energy. Moreover, it highlights some best practices in the country.

The study helps citizens, members of energy communities, governments, academic institutions, businesses and civil society organisations deepen their understanding of the special characteristics of energy communities and inspires them to take the initiative in creating and supporting community energy projects.