G-STIC 2018 identified that to achieve a stable investment climate for energy positive communities, we need to bring together two worlds. On one hand, the world of international and national energy scenarios and planning has a strong focus on the central energy networks. On the other hand, the world of local energy planning and solutions is closely involved with renewable mini- and microgrids.
To bring both worlds together, we need a coherent portfolio with intelligent decision tools for energy planning on different geographic levels.
To empower a shift from thousands to millions of energy positive communities, we equally need energy solutions that are based on the principles of modularity, interoperability and reliability. Energy solutions are a combination of “hardware, multi-services and an integrated financing mechanism”. Energy is no longer a commodity sold per unit, it is a complete service adapted to the local needs of communities and their inhabitants.