GREBE is a three year NPA project, funded under priority 2 – Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage. It will focus on the challenges of peripheral and arctic regions as places for doing business, and help develop renewable energy (RE) business opportunities provided by extreme conditions. It will support successful development of SMEs and start-ups in this sector, through analysis of advanced RE options, expert business mentoring, transnational models of successful growth strategies, policy analysis and information on funding mechanisms for businesses and support agencies.
GREBE will enable local entrepreneurs and SMEs to grow their business, to provide local jobs, and meet energy demands of local communities. Fostering transnational knowledge exchange and networking is a key component of GREBE, to realise shared business solutions and new skills development in the RE Sector.
Who are the project partners?
- Western Development Commission (Ireland)
- Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (Northern Ireland)
- North Highland College (Scotland)
- Natural Resources Institute (Finland)
- Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
- Narvik Science Park (Norway)
- Innovation Center Iceland (Iceland)
What are the project objectives?
- Assist with the establishment and refinement of a supportative policy framework for start-ups and existing SME’s in the RE sector
- Maximise impact of existing funding schemes for start-ups/SME’s, to optimise business growth
- Review and highlight technology adaption potential for RE, to make use of the harsh natural environment of these regions
- Improve business environment through business mentoring services and business growth strategies, to realise more competitive and successful NPA regions
- Attune the policy, funding, technology and business growth recommendations and supports realised by GREBE, to address challenges of remote and sparsely populated areas.
- Offer access to business development info for the RE sector, promoting transnational learning and networking in the sector.
What are the project deliverables?
- Funding option decision support tool
- Database of RE business and technology solutions, for overcoming environmental challenges of NPA regions
- A suite of videos promoting RE technologies and case study examples
- Renewable Energy Resource Assessment Toolkit
- Entrepreneurship Enabler Model and Scheme, rolled out across NPA regions. Scheme will provide practical business support services to address local RE market need and regional challenges.
- Online training and networking platform for SMEs and Start-ups
- Virtual Energy Ideas Hub – assist partnership building transnationally between producers, technology providers and entrepreneurs
The overall project budget is €1.7m, with €1.1m provided by NPA. Action Renewables budget allocation is €201,270.38, of which they are providing 50% match funding.
What is Action Renewables role in GREBE?
Action Renewable will lead WP3, reviewing the impact of policy initiatives on business development and the development of new policy initiatives in different regions. Involve municipalities/Councils/Local Government to develop and deliver policy initiative in support of entrepreneurial growth in the RE sector.