On January 25, 2021 (Monday) SHREC project's stakeholders from Lithuania, Sweden & Slovakia met during the virtual event. The meeting has focused on the following topic: "Transformation to solar and wind power – what are the driving forces and how are these techniques implemented in each country/region?"

84 people have registered for the virtual meeting, from them: professionals from the Ministry of the Economy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency, Slovak Battery Alliance. Experts from Sweden: specialists from Energy Office Västernorrland, Äppelbo Management AB, High Coast Invest. Including various experts from Lithuania: stakeholders from Ministry of Energy of Lithuania, Energy Regulatory Council, UAB Vilnius economics, Nord storage, UAB Ignitis and others. The event was attended by 42 stakeholders out of 84 registered experts. 

The experts from Lithuania shared their proficiency in solar energy expansion. Haroldas Nausėda, Board member, Director for B2B and Expansion at Ignitis presented the development of Solar Energy Prosumers Model in Lithuania. After Mr Nausėda presentation, the associate professor from Vilnius Tech University, Department of Building Energetics, Giedrius Siupsinskas, took the stage and talked about Energy supply of multifamily houses in Lithuania. The interactive Q&A session followed the presentation.

After the short break, presentations from Sweden, focusing on wind power, its driving forces and market, started. Various experts from Sweden presented the knowledge in wind power: Mrs Charlotte Unger Larsson, Vindkraft, Strömsund Municipality, former CEO of the Swedish wind power association talked about the wind power market in Sweden and the region of Middle Norrland. Mr Mikael Aamisepp from High Coast Invest presented driving forces for investments in the Middle Norrland region using wind, solar and water as energy sources. Mr Mikael Näsström from Sollefteå Municipality spoke about Sollefteå municipality's practise on using wind power as a key resource for developing their community. In the end, Dr Edith Andreasen from Mid Sweden University elaborated on what can we expect from the future and learn from history when entering into new markets.

As the event focused on the two different alternative energy sources: wind and solar energy, the professionals from Lithuanian and Sweden had an opportunity to share good practices of using these sources in their markets. The presentation from Sweden helped the Lithuanian experts to dive deeper into the usage of wind power. The wind power market in Lithuania is rather a new thing. The experts from Sweden also had a chance to expand their knowledge of solar energy market. The presented models of adopting solar energy in Lithuania showed the ways how to develop solar power market in Sweden.

Finally, the international stakeholders meeting was a valuable event on sharing good practices of using solar and wind power in different markets.