The research investigates the trends and state of art on energy research and innovation by closely looking into energy-focused literature and mapping the review results and making a reflection using ongoing and completed projects of the case organization. For this, more than 20 national and EU-funded international projects of Smart Innovation Norway (SIN) were considered. Both the projects’ mapping and the literature showed the trend toward community and citizens-oriented solutions. The solutions cover multifold dimensions including multivector, flexibility services, modular tools, active engagement of the community, social innovation, etc. In this regard, the content analysis of SIN’s completed and ongoing projects seems to emphasize socio-economic values whereas most of the literature focused on technology advancement. E- LAND, which is one of the EU-funded projects that bring together society, business, and technology, is discussed as an example. E-LAND puts society (community and citizens) at the center and provides modular tools for energy communities. The research has implications for energy research, energy communities, businesses, policymakers, and academia in the context of creating synergy and developing an innovative solution that helps to accelerate the green transition.