ELENA is a grant aid initiative to help local and regional authorities make investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility is designed to help cities and regions, through the provision of technical assistance, structure and implement projects in the most efficient way so they can attract outside finance.
The Commission will provide funding of €15 million to local authorities for financing their costs associated with development of municipal investment projects or programmes contributing to the overall EU energy targets.
It contributes to covering the technical assistance costs related to eligible investment projects or programmes.
Sustainable energy projects eligible under ELENA can focus on a variety of sectors, such as retrofitting of public and private buildings, sustainable building, energy-efficient district heating and cooling networks, or environmentally-friendly transport.