IRENA Policy Talk 4 – Stimulating Investment in Community Energy

IRENA’s Policy Talks 2020 are a series of online events providing a forum for renewable energy policy discussions where experiences and best practices in policy design and implementation can be shared to support the efficient deployment of renewable energy, and the maximisation of the benefits realised. The Policy Talks generate feedback from IRENA Member States, policy makers, and experts which provides key input to support IRENA’s implementation of the Work Programme in the policy realm, to ensure relevance and accuracy.

Below is a schedule of all Policy Talks for 2020.

Policy Talks for 2020

10 November
15:00 - 16:30 CET

Policy Talk 1 - Renewable Energy Finance: Status, Trends and Recommendations in partnership with CPI

19 November
14:00 - 15:30 CET

Policy Talk 2 - Policies for Green Hydrogen

30 November
9:00 - 10:30 CET

Policy Talk 3 - Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition: Heating and Cooling in partnership with IEA and REN21

9 December
14:30 - 16:00 CET

Policy Talk 4 - Stimulating Investment in Community Energy in partnership with the IRENA Coalition for Action

Policy Talk 4: Stimulating Investment in Community Energy - in partnership with the IRENA Coalition for Action

The fourth and last Policy Talks 2020 focused on citizen-led renewable energy projects – commonly referred to as 'community energy', and the findings of the IRENA Coalition for Action white paper, Stimulating Investment in Community Energy: Broadening the ownership of renewables. Renewable energy investments by citizens and communities have gained traction in a number of countries. This Policy Talks discussed key opportunities and challenges in stimulating investment in community energy, focusing on how policies can be designed to value citizen participation, current experiences in the implementation of financing instruments to support community energy, and examples of initiatives that have successfully mobilised financing for community energy projects.

17:30 – 17:35 GST

Welcome remarks

Gauri Singh, Deputy Director-General, IRENA

17:35 – 17:50 GST

Scene-setting presentations – Stimulating Investment in Community Energy

Rabia Ferroukhi, Director, KPFC, IRENA

Anna Skowron, Programme Manager 100% Renewable Energy, WFC

17:50 – 18:30 GST

Panel discussion

Moderator: Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, WWEA (Chair of Coalition for Action Working Group on Community Energy)


  • Dr. Atiur Rahman, former Governor of Central Bank of Bangladesh
  • Habiba Ali, Managing Director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies
  • Dirk Vansintjan, President,

18:30 – 18:50 GST

Country interventions

18:50 – 19:00 GST

Q&A from the audience

Learn more about the speakers.