First letter of the President to the members of the Minoan Energy Community.

MINOAN ENERGY COMMUNITY                                                                                            Arkalochori, 19/1/2020
Eleftheriou. Venizelou 183, Arkalochori 703 00, Crete

First Letter to all Members

Dear friends,
I wish from the bottom of my heart to all of you, happy new year with personal and family happiness, strength and creativity.

Launching our first electronic communication, I would first like to thank you for your important contribution to the great effort that we have all undertaken together and then to inform you about all the issues that concern us, as some have been resolved or are resolved and others require everyone's help to complete.

1. Our office has been prepared and will be in operation from Tuesday 21.1.2020, at the address Eleftheriou Venizelou 183 Arkalochori

2. The website of our Community,, is ready, although it is still being improved, which we must all visit daily. Your suggestions and remarks can be extremely helpful and we look forward to making it better.

3. New member registrations continue at a rapid pace and with the operation of the office and the website they are expected to take off. At the moment our members exceed one hundred.

4. The international networking of our Community is also progressing well, as it becomes a member of both "Clean Energy For EU Islands" initiative and European Federation of Citizen Energy Cooperatives,

5. What is urgently needed by all members is to bring us their electricity consumption per meter, per year for the last three years. This is to calculate and agree on the amount of participation of each member in the first net metering project, so that we can ask for the appropriate power. Anyone who has difficulty in presenting their consumption, let them contact us. Email is a great way, as is the telephone. It is urgent to properly plan our first and critical project!

6. On 20.1.2020, Monday, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Multicenter of the Diocese in Arkalochori, there will be an informative event for traders and professionals, but also for citizens who have not been informed so far. It would be good to inform acquaintances and friends to come. It is understandable that our presence is also very useful.

7. In addition to the above, an event is planned at the Chamber of Heraklion on 29.1.2020, Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, for which we must also inform our people who live in Heraklion. There will also be an event in the municipality of Asterousia - Archanes and in the municipality of Viannos, the dates of which we will inform you soon.

8. An extraordinary general meeting is also planned, about which we will inform you in time. Finally, I once again invite you to inform all our fellow citizens about the aims and objectives of our Community, as well as about the great benefit that it will have from them, both the place and the environment in general, and the great economic benefit that will has each member from its participation.

Do not forget that your opinion is valuable for the progress of the Community!
Charalampos Giannopoulos

Dear friends, colleagues, present and future members of our Community,

It has already been a year since the 9th of October 2019, when the meeting of the 38 founding members decided to establish the first Energy Community in Crete, as well as in the whole island country.
Having completed the first annual report, we report that despite the hugely negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on all economic activity, we succeeded in implementing most of our targets.
The number of active members in the Community has already exceeded 200 and it tends to have a big increase, especially after the construction of our first projects, which will be completed by the beginning of the new year, just as we had projected and announced at the first general meeting of the members.
It is particularly encouraging and honouring for all of us to have the trust and participation of institutional bodies in our community, such as the Holy Metropolis of Arkalochori, Kastelli and Viannos, the Region of Crete, the Mediterranean University, the Municipalities of Minoa Pediada, Archanes-Asterousia and Viannos, Municipal Businesses, the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Peza, Cooperatives, Councils, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as numerous households.
With this composition, we are the main or the only representative of Energy Communities broad-based, in almost the whole country, since local authorities, other legal entities of public law, cooperatives, councils and a great number of households participate.
In a few days time, the properties for the first Photovoltaic power station with a total capacity of 88 KW will be at our disposal, and immediately after that, more properties will be leased, given that the capacity our members demand is much greater.
This demand will multiply after the operation of our first projects, confirming that all that we pursue are not theoretical and vague, but they materialise with impressive and beneficiary results, among others, for the financial situation of the participants as well.

This comparison is sufficient enough: Bank deposit returns below 0.3%, whereas the capital return for the purchase of ‘Minoan Energy’ shares is above 25%!

So, it is obvious that membership growth makes the social and economic base of our Community even broader, implementing this way our big target, that of social participation with solidarity action and finally pursuing consolidation of energy democracy in our region.

I find the opportunity to thank warmly His Eminence Metropolitan of Arkalochori, Kastelli and Viannos, Mr Andrea, for the blessing and support he provides us, all the institutional bodies that participate, with the top one the Region of Crete, as the biggest partner, and in particular the Regional Governor Mr Stavros Arnaoutakis, with his profound knowledge of the importance of this business venture and his deepest support during our first steps.
Warm thanks also to all our members, the members comprising the Board of Directors for the admirable collaboration and especially the members of volunteer groups, being exceptional technicians and top scientists, who offer the greatest, they guide us on our path and they are our pride and hope for the future.

I wish good health and creativity to all.

The Chairman

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