A Renewable Energy Community means a legal entity:
(a) which, in accordance with applicable law, is based on open and voluntary participation, is autonomous, and is effectively controlled by shareholders or members that are located (in the case of SMEs or local authorities) or resident (in the case of natural persons) in the proximity of the ECP project that is owned and developed (or proposed to be owned and developed) by that legal entity;
(b) the shareholders or members of which are natural persons, SMEs, local authorities (including municipalities), not-for-profit organisations or local community organisations;
(c) for any shareholder or member (with the exception of "Sustainable Energy Communities" as registered with SEAI), that shareholder or member's participation does not constitute their primary commercial or professional activity;
(d) the primary purpose of which is to provide environmental, economic, societal or social community benefits for its shareholders or members or for the local areas where it operates, rather than financial profits;
(e) in respect of which, each shareholder or member is entitled to one vote, regardless of shareholding or membership interest, and
(f) which is, or which has at least one shareholder or member that is, registered as a "Sustainable Energy Community" with SEAI.