CrowdfundRES is a group of policy recommendations to improve the regulatory and market framework to boost investment in renewable energy across the European Union. A group of 14 different partners worked on the project that saw the participation of the European Crowdfunding Network and four different crowdfunding platforms in the renewable energy space: Abundance, Green Crowding, Lumo and OnePlanet Crowd. Backed by the European Commission, the report was recently published to achieve the following goals:
- Deepen the understanding of the adoption of crowdfunding for financing renewable energy projects.
- Analyse the challenges faced by the application of crowdfunding for renewable energy projects in Europe.
- Develop and apply guidelines that support more effective practices.
- Help improve the market and regulatory framework in Europe.
- Promote the crowdfunding concept and its advantages among those who could contribute or raise funds.
So what are the recommendations presented by CrowdfundRES?
Much of the recommendations have to do with the need for a consistent and harmonized regulatory approach across all EU member nations. Specifically regarding policy under both the Energy Union and the Capital Markets Union (CMU). There is also a need for promoting the concept of crowdfunding and raising awareness amongst retail investors and renewable energy project developers concerning the benefits that it brings and the ways it can be used for financing these projects.
The detailed recommendation may be reviewed in the CrowdfundRES document. Market fragmentation and challenges with cross-border crowdfunding are not insurmountable but remain a significant hurdle regarding all types of investment crowdfunding in Europe. Regulatory rationalization would go a long way in boosting this new form of finance to everyone’s benefit.