PDA-Horizon 2020

Through Project Development Assistance (PDA), the European Commission aims to support public authorities (cities, regions, municipalities or groupings) and public bodies in developing bankable sustainable energy projects.

The PDA facilities are currently funded under the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency programme and aim to bridge the gap between sustainable energy plans and actual investments. They support all activities necessary to prepare and mobilise investments in sustainable energy projects. Examples are feasibility studies, stakeholder and community mobilisation, financial engineering, business plans, technical specifications, and procurement procedures.

One PDA has forthcoming calls up to 2020: ELENA.


The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) provides grants for technical assistance focused on the implementation of energy efficiency, distributed renewable energy, and urban transport programmes. It is a joint initiative by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission.

Typically, ELENA supports large scale investment projects above EUR 30 million with a 3-year implementation period for energy efficiency and a 4-year period for urban transport and mobility. Up to 90% of the costs for technical assistance or project development can be covered. Smaller projects can be supported as well, but they should be integrated into larger investment programmes. Learn more about ELENA and how to apply for funding on the ELENA website external link icon.