Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta (CFOAT) Aran Islands Renewable Energy Cooperative

We are a community-owned energy cooperative on the Aran Islands (pop. 1200). We aim to make the energy transition as quickly as possible, removing the use of fossil fuels from homes, transport, and businesses. In the place of polluting fuels, we have been installing renewable energy sources and technology such as heat pumps, PV panels, and EVs. We are aiming to generate and own all of our energy needs through solar, wind, and marine sources, creating a microgrid on the islands.


Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland



Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Environment
  • Rural development
  • Sustainable development
  • Heritage
  • Active citizenship


  • Digitalization
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Governance
  • Research
  • Scientific innovation
  • Technological innovation
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns

EU Project Experience

Substantial experience (several projects)

  • RESPOND: Recruitment of local households as participants (Horizon 2020, partner)
  • CvPP, Community based virtual Power Plant, building network of prosumers on Aran (Interreg North-West Europe, sub-partner)
  • SEAFUEL: Feasibility study for Aran islands as hydrogen generator and storage (Interreg Atlantic Area, partner)
  • HUGE: Continuation of SEAFUEL
  • GEOFIT: Experimental geothermal installation into local house (Horizon 2020)
  • DATACELLAR: Creating an EU wide federated data base (Horizon Europe, partner)
  • LEAP: Creating a Local Energy Agency in the Gaeltacht region of County Galway (LIFE programme)

EU Funding Goals

Our goal is to establish the 3 Aran Islands as a centre of excellence for the energy transition.

As part of that, we see the islands as becoming a centre for research and development within the energy transition remit.

We already have a scientific research station established on Inis Meain. Also the local population are very much behind this vision and are making their homes and businesses available as locations for on-the-ground research.


  • We have 5 people employed in our co-op with expertise in many different areas, including involvement in EU funded projects
  • Over 10 years experience
  • We have a local population very willing to open their homes and businesses and participate in research projects.
  • We are motivated and visionary, and want to be at the forefront offering inspiration and example to others.
  • We have a high profile and reputation as a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) both here in Ireland and abroad. This includes a number of awards, national and international.


Contact Name:

Dara Ó Maoildhia

Job Title:

Cathaoirleach (Chairperson)

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